Denise Marie Enriquez Accused of Baiting Former Security Guard Lover So Jose Jeremias Ayala Could Allegedly Shoot Him to Settle Grudge
Enriquez allegedly baited Wilfren Banejas-Rodriguez to meet her at the school so Ayala could murder the guard to settle a personal score.
On Wednesday, Costa Mesa Police detectives separately arrested 26-year-old Ayala and 30-year-old Enriquez on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Ayala was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Orange County Jail, while Enriquez's bond was set at $500,000.
|Booking photos courtesy of the Costa Mesa Police Department|
|Jose Jeremias Ayala was allegedly the hooded shooter.|
He noticed a man standing nearby wearing black clothing and with a hooded sweatshirt pulled tightly around his face. He seemed to be talking on a cell phone. Suddenly, the stranger appeared at the driver's side door and blasted away from short range. The 26-year-old security guard was later hospitalized with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his left arm, left shoulder/neck and left side of his torso. He is now out of the hospital and recovering.
Detectives were able to easily identify Enriquez as the woman Banejas-Rodriguez was coming to meet that night. They'd been friends and lovers but had not been in contact much recently. Then, she called out of the blue, asking Banejas-Rodriguez if he could give her and her daughter a ride from the apartments across from Paularino School, according to a Costa Mesa Police statement.
|Some friend: Denise Marie Enriquez|
Police do not believe Ayala or Banejas-Rodriguez have any gang affiliations, that "the motive in this shooting appears to be a personal, vindictive, grudge."