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Press Release: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm Arrest
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: 1/27/2020 Time: 4:40 PM
Incident Date: 1/27/2020 Time: 11:57 PM
Incident Location: 53000 block of Avenida Diaz, La Quinta
Reporting Officer: Sergeant David Aldrich
File Number(s): LA200220097

Details:

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 11:57 PM, La Quinta patrol deputies responded to a negligent discharge of a firearm in the 53000 block of Avenida Diaz, in the city of La Quinta. There were no injuries reported, nor were there reports of vehicles or residences being struck. The suspect was described as a 17-year-old juvenile that fled the scene in a black sedan. The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation and identified the 17-year-old juvenile of La Quinta. On Monday, January 27, 2020, the juvenile suspect was taken into custody during a traffic enforcement stop on Washington Street, south of Avenue 47, in the city of La Quinta.

The driver, Josefina Perez, 49-years-old of La Quinta was arrested for driving without a license. During the traffic enforcement stop, items indicating marijuana sales were located. The juvenile was booked at the Indio Juvenile Hall for negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of marijuana for sale. Perez was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving without a license. A search warrant was authored for a residence in the 5300 block of Avenida Diaz, in the city of La Quinta. An additional search warrant was authored for a residence in the 29100 block of Happy Valley Road in the unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs. The search warrants were served by members of the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team. Additional items pertaining to marijuana sales were located.

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