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Press Release: False Imprisonment Arrest
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: January 18, 2018 Time: 2:30 PM
Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Time: 6:45 PM
Incident Location: 44400 block of Town Center Way, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Investigator Armando Muñoz – Public Information Officer
File Number(s): T180170157


Andrew Campbell

On January 17, 2018, at approximately 6:45 PM, Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department received a report of a male adult who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and acting suspicious inside of a business located in the 44400 block of Town Center Way. While inside the business the male adult was yelling and acting erratically. The male adult, identified as Andrew Campbell, 28 years of Los Angeles, entered a backroom and locked himself inside while it was occupied by an employee.

Prior to officers arriving, a retired law enforcement officer made entry into the room and was able to detain Campbell. During the investigation, a suspicious device was located inside of a bag belonging to Campbell. For precautionary purposes, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Departments Hazardous Device Team (HDT) was contacted to identify the device, and ensure there were no public safety concerns. HDT arrived on scene and determined the suspicious device was deemed safe. Campbell was arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail, located in the city of Indio, for false imprisonment and committing a felony while out on bail.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Business District Team Member Deputy Troyer at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 836-1696.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to inform the public when an object is located, which appears hazardous in nature, to leave the object where it was found and dial emergency services (Dial 911) from a non-cellular telephone line. It is recommended to refrain from using a cellular telephone or any other electronic device near and around any suspected explosive devices, when possible.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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