Perris man who killed neighbor in driveway standoff gets 53 years to life

A 43-year-old Perris man who gunned down his next-door neighbor during a noise dispute, shooting him more than a dozen times, was sentenced Friday, Oct.

22, to 53 years to life in state prison. Alexander Richard Aguayo was convicted last month of first-degree murder for the 2018 slaying of Raul Carbajal, 37. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz imposed the sentence required by law during a hearing at the at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

On the afternoon of May 4, 2018, Aguayo was leaving his house in the 1400 block of Sweet Bay Drive, near Nuevo Road, when he encountered Carbajal, who was using an industrial vacuum to clean his vehicle in the adjacent driveway, Deputy District Attorney Nick Kliebert said in a court filing. Home-security surveillance video captured Aguayo placing a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun inside his vehicle. After a trip to a Del Taco, Aguayo returned home, becoming incensed when he spotted Carbajal continuing with the vacuum.

“During the next few minutes, the defendant is seen repeatedly saying something to the victim, walking up to the wall (separating their driveways), looking over it, even walking down and around it for a short period,” according to the prosecution’s brief. “The victim is moving in and around his garage and driveway, cleaning his car but also speaking aggressively to the defendant.” The verbal exchange lasted several minutes, escalating to a standoff between the two men positioned in their respective driveways. “The victim is seen swinging his vacuum hose,” Kliebert wrote. “As the hose hits the defendant in the upper body, he grabs the hose, taking control of it.

He simultaneously pulls the handgun out of his right side and begins firing at the victim. “As the victim retreats into his garage, the defendant steps over the wall and follows him while firing all the rounds in the gun,” the prosecutor said. Fourteen shots went through Carbajal.

Aguayo jumped into his car and sped away, stopping briefly to drop the pistol into a storm drain, a court filing says.

A patrolman spotted Aguayo driving a few blocks away, culminating in an arrest.

The defendant confessed to the shooting.

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