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Posted on: May 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Gang Member Arrested with Loaded Firearm



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Gang Member Arrested with Loaded Firearm
Station Area:Cathedral City
Written Date:May 22, 2020Time:6:00 PM
Incident Date:May 21, 2020Time:10:25 PM
Incident Location:Eastbound I-10 at Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Paul Heredia
File Number(s):GE201430001


On Thursday, May 22nd, 2020, at 10:25 P.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force assisted California Highway Patrol in reference to a single vehicle traffic collision that occurred on the  Eastbound I-10 Date Palm Drive offramp. During the investigation, the driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm Glock semi-auto handgun with a threaded barrel, as well as suspected cocaine. Gang Task Force Officers assumed the investigation and subsequently arrested the driver, convicted felon and documented gang member, Christopher Elyjah Martinez, 26 of Cathedral City. Martinez was charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Member in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Loaded Firearm with Narcotics. Martinez was booked at the Indio Jail.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer Heidt at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

Christopher Elyjah Martinez

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