Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Riverside Resident.

The defendant is being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $1 million bail.


A man accused of fatally stabbing a 37-year-old Riverside resident during a confrontation outside an apartment complex last month is due to be arraigned at the end of the month.


Andrew Eric Lemus, 26, of Riverside is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a knife in the commission of a felony in connection with the death of Daniel Penunuri.

Lemus was arrested nearly two weeks ago and made his initial court appearance earlier this week before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O'Rane, who scheduled his arraignment for March 29 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.


The defendant is being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to Riverside police Officer Javier Cabrera, Lemus and Penunuri were involved in an unspecified confrontation in a neighborhood just west of Riverside Municipal Airport in the early morning hours on Feb. 21.

During the encounter, the defendant pulled a knife, inflicting "multiple wounds" and leaving the victim unconscious and bleeding to death before he fled, Cabrera alleged.

He said passers-by spotted Penunuri on the ground and called 911. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.


In the ensuing days, detectives obtained information pointing to Lemus as the alleged perpetrator. He was taken into custody without incident on Tomlinson Avenue during the afternoon of March 6.

He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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