Ontario man charged with attempted murder for separate assaults

The charges against Luis Palomares indicate the two assaults happened nine days apart. (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO–An Ontario man faces attempted murder charges for two separate attacks this month, according to court filings.

Luis Manuel Palomares, 29, is accused of pistol whipping and shooting a man on Sunday, Sept. 6, said an information filing in Malheur County Circuit Court dated Sept. 16. The victim suffered a gunshot wound, said Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney. The information filing said Palomares also damaged property of a Motel 6 in an amount exceeding $1,000.

Nine days later on Sept. 15, he attempted to kill another man using a gun and damaged the man’s vehicle in an amount exceeding $1,000, an information filing said.

Ontario Police arrested Palomares on Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero.  He was booked into the Malheur County Jail around 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, said Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson.

Palomares was charged Wednesday in two separate cases in Malheur County Circuit Court.

He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and first-degree criminal mischief for the Sept. 6 assault.

For the second, he was charged with second-degree attempted murder, felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault.

Palomares was in custody at the Malheur County Jail as of Wednesday. Both cases were presented to a grand jury Thursday, Sept. 17, said Goldthorpe. He is scheduled for an arraignment at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

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