Moreno Valley School Board Member Accused Of Attempted Murder

MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — A Moreno Valley school board member faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Mike Luis Rios, 41, pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection to the Feb. 13 shooting in front of his home in the 27500 block of Palm Shadow Drive.

According to Sgt. Walter Mendez, Rios told investigators that he had an argument with two men at a nightclub that later followed him home, leading to another altercation.

“During the confrontation, Mr. Rios alleged one of the male subjects, brandished a weapon, and fired at him,” Sgt. Mendez said. “The suspects fled the area in a compact vehicle.”

In a follow-up investigation, officers questioned the alleged assailants, whose story contradicted Rios’. Following a second interview with Rios, investigators found enough evidence to arrest him, according to Mendez.

Rios was charged with two counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, one count of witness intimidation and other weapons allegations.

Rios has recently been under scrutiny for a series of public gaffes.

Before his election to the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in November of 2010, Rios had gained attention when he claimed he was amember of the city council. Immediately after the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Norma Angelica Lopez, Rios claimed to represent the city in statements to the media.

The Moreno Valley man has more recently been in the spotlight after going public about an ongoing dispute with federal officials regarding his wife’s immigrations status.

Last September, 39-year-old Dora Landaverde-Torres was arrested by Customs Enforcement agents during a series a sweeps nationwide to snatch undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Landaverde-Torres was arrested because of a drug felony conviction in the late 1990s, according to ICE.

Landaverde-Torres is in federal custody while her lawyers challenge the government’s deportation order.

Rios is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside with a bail of $1 million. If convicted of the charges, Rios faces more than 25 years in prison.

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  • Brutal Honesty

    Minorities in this country consistently prove to be out of control especially when they sit on school boards or get positions of power through fake affirmative action and people who feel guilty that they are white and think that it is the system that holds minorities down not their own lack of ability to compete in a capitalist society that is based on individual merit. Imagine if this country had only white people and the immigrants were from India, Asia and Europe.

    We would have a fraction of the problems that we have from these reckless uncultured leeches that we pay for head over heel to make sure that we can feed and support their enormous families that have no father to speak of and so much ignorance on the parents behalf that they just continue to pump out poor babies with no hope of ever moving up in a capitalist society because they feel that the role of government is just to continue to “help” them.

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    Liberalism is killing you white people. Wake up.

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    They had their scars and they made mistakes and they did the wrong thing on certain occasions and that should be noted, however they also created modern law, the greatest constitution on the face of the Earth, Cars, Planes, Trains, Antibiotics, Television, the Internet, modern Academia, all successful non oppressive forms of government

    I say this as someone who is married to somebody who is not white and has a son that I love more than life itself who is only half white. It is not the race, it is the culture, the culture you are taught is wrong, the culture you are taught to ignore, the culture you are taught does not exist and multiculturalism is the answer to your own “lack” of culture.

    In white neighborhoods in the vast majority of America, you do not have to even lock your door. Yea, white people are so terrible, they just don’t understand minorities PLEASE.

    Name a successful country based on the principles of freedom, limited government and human rights that was not founded and ran by white people. You can’t. And yet you are all taught in school even through the collegiate level that white people are somehow a plague on the planet that subjugates, dominates and enslaves even till today.

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