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Police arrest 25-year-old Perris man in connection with three murders

Police arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with two separate homicide investigations involving three victims around 12:15 a.m. today, Sheriff’s officials reported. chu13-0204-composite

David Contreras of Perris was arrested for the killing of one person on December 29, 2012 in Perris and for the killing of two others on February 4, 2013 in Nuevo, an unincorporated area in the city of Riverside, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.

Officers utilized a combination of evidence collected at the scene in conjunction with witness interviews to identify and arrest Contreras, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Erickson said.

The victim of the Perris homicide was 53-year-old Jose Apreza while the victims of the Nuevo homicide were 25-year-old Consuelo “Connie” Gonzales and Connie’s mother, 51-year-old Maria Gonzales.

It was not immediately clear what Contreras’ motive was in the murders.

In order to locate a suspect for the murders, multiple investigative checkpoints and community forums were held, Erickson said.

Contreras was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center without bail.

Anyone with additional information on these homicides is encouraged to contact Investigator Josh Button of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3531 or Investigator Steven Grassel of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet station at 951-791-3405.

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