ST. GEORGE, UT (The Spectrum) – A foreign national accused of illegally returning to the United States after he was previously deported is facing federal charges in relation to a group fight that ended in shots being fired at a Washington City residence.
Sergio Solares-Perez, 30, of St. George is accused of using a Rossi .357 magnum revolver, previously identified as a “.38 Special,” to shoot at two male victims after a fight among a group of friends at a Dixie Downs area gathering allegedly spilled over to a retaliatory attack at the victims’ Washington home north of Nisson Park and the CottonTown Village business park.
Solares-Perez has previously been identified as Jayron Cermeno-Santos, but the federal indictment labels that name an alias, along with the alias Jose Otero-Ovando.
No prior criminal record of Solares-Perez under any of the names appears in Utah’s state and federal court databases, with the exception of the initial state charges in relation to the Oct. 15 fight. But the federal indictment alleges Solares is an “alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States” who was previously deported Jan. 7, 2012 and was found back in the United States while in possession of a gun and ammunition.
Allegations in regard to the incident have previously been addressed under state charges in St George’s 5th District Court.
Investigators determined that the day of the incident that the two victims visited the St. George home of 38-year-old Yuder Sanchez-Urgell in the 2000 West block of 1600 North with beer that the group began to share as part of a social weekend gathering.
Subsequent witness accounts disagreed on the amount of beer consumed and the level of the different individuals’ intoxication, but all agreed a physical fight broke out after Solares made a comment that offended one of the victims and the victim punched Solares.
The ensuing fight allegedly brought Sanchez and two women – Mercedes Gutierrez-Perez, 32, and Natividad Interiano-Alfaro, 60 – into the fray, although Interiano-Alfaro claimed she had been trying to break up the fight when she testified at a trial on riot and armed burglary charges leveled against her last month.