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Posted on: May 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Homicide



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Homicide
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:May 6, 2020Time:9:30 PM
Incident Date:May 6, 2020Time:8:30 AM
Incident Location:44100 block of Washington St., Indian Wells and Hwy. 74,
½ mile south of Vista Point, about 5 miles south of Palm Desert
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ben Ramirez
File Number(s):J201270016


On May 7, 2020, the suspect, Adam Slater, was discharged from a local hospital, and transported to the Palm Desert Sheriff Station for further investigation. Slater was later booked for murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.


Press release was updated with suspects booking photo.


On May 6, 2020, at about 8:30 a.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in a parking lot in the 44100 block of Washington St., Indian Wells. Upon arrival, deputies found a female victim with multiple injuries caused in a domestic violence incident. The female victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. Deputies identified the suspect as Adam Slater, 49 years of Palm Desert, and broadcast his description and the vehicle he fled in.

At about 9:00 a.m., CHP dispatch received a report of a collision off Hwy. 74 south of Vista Point. The description of the vehicle involved was similar to the suspect vehicle in the stabbing in Indian Wells. Witnesses went to the aid of the occupants of the overturned vehicle several hundred feet from the roadway. The driver then ran to the passenger side of the vehicle, where he stabbed a male who had assisted getting a young girl from the vehicle. The suspect then took the girl from the arms of the male he stabbed. Multiple witnesess saw the suspect take the child and throw her over a steep cliff into a ravine. The suspect then fled on foot into the canyon.

Upon deputies’ arrival at the collision scene, they were directed to the location of the suspect. After a short foot pursuit, they detained the suspect, Adam Slater. Deputies and a CHP Officer were directed to the location of the child, where they found her deceased. The child was found to be the daughter of the suspect. Slater was transported to a local hospital for injuries from the collision. The assisting bystander sought medical treatment on his own.

The Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The suspect, Adam Slater, will be arrested and booked for murder upon his release from the hospital.

The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Munoz with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Adam Slater

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline 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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