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Press Release: Street Racing Arrests
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: July 31, 2019 Time: 11:00 P.M.
Incident Date: July 15, 2019 Time: 9:50 PM
Incident Location: 72000 Block of Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Dan Ponder
File Number(s): T191960154


Jose Eduardo Rivera-Francisco

On July 15, 2019, at approximately 9:50 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Station responded to the rear of a business located in the 72000 block of Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert, to the report of multiple vehicles vandalizing the parking lot by means of a speed exhibition. Upon arrival of the deputies, the vehicles began fleeing in a reckless manner, and a short pursuit ensued. Due to the reckless manner in which the vehicles were being operated in their attempt to flee from deputies the pursuit was cancelled. The case was referred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department S.T.R.E.E.T. team, who began investigating with Palm Desert deputies.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, multiple suspects were identified as responsible for the vandalism to the property, along with evading law enforcement. On July 31, 2019, at approximately 11:00 P.M., one of the primary suspects was observed driving in the city of Palm Desert and detained. It was later determined the suspect was driving the same vehicle used in the felony vandalism, as well as the evading. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Palm Desert Station for further investigation.

The suspect, later identified as Jose Eduardo Rivera-Francisco, 20, Cathedral City, was arrested for crimes related to felony vandalism, evading law enforcement, and reckless driving. Rivera-Francisco was booked at the Indio Jail, and the vehicle impounded for 30 days. The investigation into the incident is on-going, and additional arrests are eminent.     

Illegal street racing is dangerous, destructive, and far too often a deadly event in Riverside County. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with local allied agencies, are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this illegal activity in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers having to repair the damages caused by these events, but most importantly to reduce the danger to the public caused by the participants of these events who often drive their vehicles with wanton disregard for public safety. Participants, as well as aiders and abettors, will be identified through collaborative law enforcement efforts and prosecuted for the multitude of crimes resulting from these illegal acts.              

Anyone with information pertaining to locations in your area where this type of illegal activity is taking place, or with any information pertaining to illegal street racing, sideshows, or planned street take overs is encouraged to contact Sergeant Dan Ponder at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.


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