Yuma County Superior Court Judge David Haws allowed a continuance Wednesday in the case of a teen who allegedly shot at three Yuma police officers while they were documenting wall graffiti. Haws cautioned that the next hearing must be for setting a trial date, or for a change of plea
Attorney Cid Kallen made the request to the court on behalf of attorney Wm, Michael Smith, both of who are with the Bowman, Smith & Kallen law firm. Smith, who could not be present, is representing 17-year-old Kane Perez.
Kallen explained that a settlement conference had been held in the case recently and it led to a new plea offer being made. The reason for the delay, he added, was that Smith has not had the opportunity to discuss it with his client.
Before agreeing to postpone the hearing, Haws asked the prosecution if it objected. It did not, and he scheduled Perez's next court hearing for 8:30 a.m. on June 26.
Perez has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor and five counts of assisting a criminal street gang in the incident. He remains at Yuma County jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
After he admitted to starting the 2014 Castle Park arson fire, Perez was also later charged with arson of a structure or property and criminal damage.
According to Yuma police, the shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in the area of 22nd Street and Madison Avenue, as three officers from the Yuma Police Department’s Special Operations Group were at the location documenting graffiti on a wall and collecting evidence.
While there, two male suspects yelled what is believed to be a gang slogan at the officers from across the street, then suddenly started shooting at them. When officers returned fire, the suspects fled on foot. Both suspects were located and taken into custody.
One of the suspects, later identified as Perez, received a single wound that was not life-threatening. The second suspect was identified as 22-year-old Luis German Juarez.
Also, on Aug. 9, 2018, Yuma police named Perez a suspect in connection with the Dec. 28, 2014, fire that destroyed the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground. He has since been charged in the incident and now has a second case against him stemming from it.