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Posted on: April 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pursuit of stolen vehicle and parole at large



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Pursuit of stolen vehicle and parole at large
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:April 01, 2020Time:11:00 PM
Incident Date:April 01, 2020Time:6:22 PM
Incident Location:Polk Street and Martinez Road, Thermal
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Sal Gonzales 
File Number(s):C200920028


On Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 6:22 PM, deputies assigned to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station, Southern Coachella Community Services District, Agricultural Liaison, and Coachella Community Action Team were dispatched to a call of a stolen vehicle.  Deputies located the vehicle in the area of Polk Street and Martinez Road, in the unincorporated area of Thermal.  Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated.  The pursuit covered several roadways in the south county of Thermal and began heading eastbound towards the unincorporated community of Mecca.  The driver ultimately drove onto a sidewalk near the Mecca Elementary school, located in the 65000 block of Coahilla Street in the unincorporated community of Mecca.  The driver, Carlos Octavio Cerros (21) from Mecca, fled the vehicle and ran through the elementary school, heading eastbound. 

He was taken into custody by deputies shortly after residents spotted him in their backyard.  Cerros was booked at Indio jail for felony evading, driving a stolen vehicle, and parole violation.     

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with additional information regarding this incident to contact Agricultural Liaison Deputy Lorton at Thermal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 863-8990.

Carlos Octavio Cerros


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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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