Madera County investigators are looking for two men with gang ties in connection with the attempted murder and robbery of a man earlier this month in Coarsegold.
The 30-year-old victim, whose name was withheld for safety reasons, was shot, beaten and robbed of more than $2,000 in cash on April 2 on Konklin Road. He is expected to recover from his injuries, Madera County sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
Investigators identified two men, 20-year-old Robert Lee Huber of Oakhurst and 29-year old Adrian Joseph Reyes of Ahwahnee, as suspects in the attack, the Madera County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Deputies said the victim, who is on probation for a prior drug conviction, was “gambling and partying” with a group of people that included Huber and Reyes. The victim won a large amount of cash gambling at a casino earlier in the evening, Stuart said.
The group was headed to another party in the area of Bass Lake near North Fork when the victim asked the driver to pull over to the side of the road to relieve himself, according to deputies. The suspects “saw an opportunity” and attacked the victim, Stuart said.
Stuart declined to comment on the evidence allegedly linking Huber and Reyes to the crime, saying it could harm the investigation. Deputies described Huber as a known gang member and Reyes as a gang “associate.”
Investigators described Huber as white with blue eyes and brown hair. He is about 5 feet 7 inches and weighs about 116 pounds. Reyes was described as Latino with black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.