DENVER (CBS4) – A man was convicted by a jury Friday of Attempted Murder, but did not return to court to hear the verdict.
A warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Francisco Perez’s arrest.
Perez was on trial for four separate counts of attempted murder and four felony counts of assault following a September 2015 argument that culminated in gunfire.
Two years ago, Perez was allegedly riding in a black Lincoln with another person when he fired his gun toward four people in another vehicle in the 4300 block of N. Tejon Street. One person in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries from the incident.
A news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office states Perez was out of custody on bond but failed to return to court Friday for the last day of his trial that began on November 27th.
Ken Lane, a spokesman for the Denver DA’s Office, said Saturday that Perez had shown up for every court appearance since his arrest, until Friday. Perez “slipped his (ankle) bracelet” or monitor the same day he absconded.
Lane also explained that a suspect can only be held without bond on a murder charge. A $100,000 bond had been previously posted to gain Perez’s release.
The verdict was announced late Friday afternoon despite Perez’s absence.
Perez, who may or may not be wearing glasses, is considered armed and dangerous, according to the release. Citizens should not approach him; call police instead.