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2 charged in West Jordan shooting of 31-year-old man

Victor G. Perez
Victor G. Perez
Salt Lake County Jail

WEST JORDAN — Two men are facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man multiple times in the torso and leaving him in an abandoned house near Jordan Landing.

Victor Gabino Perez, 32, of Salt Lake City, and Raul Abrego, 31, of West Valley City, were charged in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City June 7 with one count attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; two counts of illegal discharge of a firearm, also a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and a restricted person possessing a firearm, a second-degree felony.

It was not immediately clear Monday if the pair had attorneys.

According to police, 31-year-old Manuel Herrera was found about 10:50 a.m. on May 31, lying outside an abandoned house near 3900 West and 7800 South, across from Jordan Landing. He had been shot several times.

Investigators later found an abandoned Dodge Magnum the witness had described seeing at 3087 W. 7720 South. A resident with home surveillance had video of the car pulling up and two men were seen getting out of the car, according to the report.

Herrera picked the two men out of a lineup, and a West Jordan police detective recognized them from the surveillance footage, according to charging documents.

A nearby fitness center also told police a man had entered the business shortly after the shooting and asked to use the phone to get a ride. Call records pointed them to police to Perez, a police report states, and he was found in a house near the scene.

He was being held in Salt Lake County Jail in connection with the charges Monday; It was unclear if Abrego was in custody.

Perez also was charged June 2 in a Salt Lake kidnapping on May 24 that police said included at least one shot being fired into a West Jordan apartment. The woman was found later that night at a local hospital.

Utah court records show he has has a criminal history of mostly theft, burglary and drug-related offenses.

In August 2016, Abrego was charged with aggravated robbery, a restricted person possessing a dangerous weapon, both felonies, and misdemeanor assault, but the charges were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to drug possession, a third-degree felony, in 2012.