There was a shocking development Tuesday in the case of a couple accused of roles in a road-rage shooting last week in a busy Chula Vista intersection that was recorded on cell-phone video.
In that case, Bonita resident Gillio Repetto, 19, faces charges that include attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting May 4 at around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Olympic Parkway and Town Center Drive. His girlfriend, Serenity Nieblas, a 19-year-old who lives in Chula Vista, was also arrested in connection to the incident, accused of aiding in Repetto's escape.
In the South Bay courthouse on Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown told the court that both suspects were involved in another road-rage incident in Eastlake four months ago as well, and the the silver Hyundai that Nieblas is accused of driving in last week's incident was also tied to the February incident. In that alleged assault, Repetto got a victim on the ground, then Nieblas got out of the driver's side and hit the victim. When the victim got home, he realized he had been stabbed eight or nine times.
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Road Rage Shooting
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Investigators believe that, in last week's incident, Nieblas and a car driven by another man appeared to be racing and then stopped at a red light, when Repetto and the other driver jumped out of their cars and got into a fistfight. Brown said on Tuesday that witnesses told authorities that Repetto said, "I'll kill you," to the victim, then got a gun and shot at the victim four times. The man was shot twice; another round hit his car and the other round is unaccounted for. The 34-year-old victim was hospitalized but his injuries weren't life threatening.
Repetto's defense attorney said in court on Tuesday that she was unaware of her client's alleged connection to the February incident. For his part, Brown told NBC 7 that Repetto is also being charged assault with a deadly weapon for February attack.
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It's not clear if Nieblas, whose case is being handled separately, will face any additional charges. She was able to post bail and is due in court on May 16.
In the South Bay courthouse on Tuesday, though, the judge decided not to grant bail to Repetto, who is expected in court in June.