Accused killer due in court

The alleged murderer during the filming in the cinema in July 2021 in Corona is to be brought to justice on Friday.

In a previous indictment, he pleaded not guilty and not guilty to insanity, officials said.

The victims, 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich and 19-year-old Anthony Barajas, and suspect Joseph Jimenez were three of the six people who were at the cinema during a screening of “The Forever Purge” during the attack, according to the Corona Police Department . The horror film centers on lawless murders, but authorities don’t believe the violence in the film is related to the shootings.

MOVIEE THEATRICAL RECORDINGS

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Corona PD received an emergency call from the Regal Edwards Theater in the Crossings Shopping Center. A theater worker found Rylee Goodrich and Anthony Barajas in the theater near their seats with gunshot wounds to the heads.

Corona PD Cpl. Kouroubacalis said detectives could not use surveillance footage for the investigation because there were no cameras recording in the theater at the time of the shooting.

Officials said Rylee Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene, while Anthony Barajas was taken to a local trauma center, where he died days later.

TIED TOGETHER:

THE ARREST OF JOSEPH JIMENEZ

Police records showed that friends of Joseph Jimenez told detectives they believed he brought a gun into the movie theater. They said he was acting so strangely that they snuck out of the theater, apparently without warning anyone.

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Two of the friends told investigators they later saw the accused Jimenez run out of the Regal Edwards movie theater and speed away in his car, according to a police detective affidavit filed in court.

On the night of July 27, 2021, Corona PD detectives issued a search warrant at a home in the El Cerrito neighborhood near the 15 Freeway and East Ontario Avenue. Investigators were led to the suspect’s home after questioning witnesses and an anonymous tip.

While at home, authorities discovered a handgun and other evidence related to the shooting. Cpl. Kouroubacalis said during a press conference last summer that the shell casings found in the theater matched the caliber of the gun.

Jimenez, 20, was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

He was taken to the Riverside Presley Detention Center on charges of murder, robbery with a gun and attempted murder on $2,000,000 bail. He now faces two murder charges after Barajas, who initially survived the shooting, died at a local trauma center.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE VICTIMS

Rylee Goodrich entered her sophomore year at Grand Canyon University on a full scholarship to major in Marketing.

She was a graduate of Corona High School, “but she wanted to go into criminal justice and had been working with me on my private detective job this summer,” her grieving father Dave Goodrich said after her untimely death.

In an interview with FOX 11, her father asked why there were no metal detectors in the theater. He said the two are on their first date and that Barajas is “a boy that her father actually approves of.”

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TIED TOGETHER: Dad who lost his daughter filming at the cinema wonders why there were no metal detectors

Anthony Barajas. (FOX 11)

Anthony Barajas, known as @itsanthonymichael on social media, has a large following, including nearly 930,000 followers on TikTok.

Although the suspect and victims are the same age, Corona PD investigators do not believe the victims and suspect knew each other prior to the shooting. Officials also don’t believe Barajas’ social media fame played a role in the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Corona PD. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 951-817-5837.

The investigations are ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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