Charges filed against suspect in Utah Lake shooting
On Monday, a man arrested in connection with a shooting, injuring two, that took place at a party on the south end of Utah Lake on Sept. 4 was charged with attempted murder.
Orem resident Cesar Matias Sevilla-Aleman, 25, was charged in 4th District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony, as well as two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm, possession of a forgery device and giving false personal identity to a peace officer.
A few minutes after 9 p.m. on Sept. 4, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a report of a shooting at Lincoln Beach on the west side of West Mountain at what a 911 caller described as a “Mexican party” with several thousand people in attendance.
Responders discovered that a man in his mid-twenties had been shot in the lower abdomen at close range, and was in critical condition. The same bullet then hit another man, 25, in the arm. He was reported to be in fair condition.
Sevilla-Aleman was initially arrested on Sept. 5 and, before being charged in the incident at Utah Lake, was held in advance of his extradition to Denver in light of a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on a weapon offense, as well as a detainer by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Law enforcement officers spoke to Sevilla-Aleman, who was accompanied by Iran Torres, 46 as they left the scene before connecting the two as suspects.
“When he heard the description he realized he had just spoken to them so he and others left to find that car and the suspects,” reads a press release from the UCSO. “The suspects and their car were located several miles away and were stopped. The driver and passenger were taken into custody and later interviewed.”
Torres was released from police custody on Sept. 5 but was arrested by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday for obstruction of justice before being released at 12:16 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the UCSO, an investigation into the organizers of the rodeo is still ongoing.
“This Mexican rodeo was not operating with a permit,” reads the statement. “Alcohol was being sold at the rodeo and they also did not have a license to sell alcoholic beverages.”