RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Gang Members Arrested for Multiple Violent Crimes|
|Station Area:||Coachella Valley|
|Written Date:||August 28, 2020||Time:||4:30 PM|
|Incident Date:||August 27, 2020||Time:||4:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||Multiple Locations in Coachella, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes and San Jacinto|
|Reporting Officer:||Sgt. Paul Heredia|
|File Number(s):||GE202410003, I201810003, GE202400001, T202080014, C202270007, LA202350007, Y202380008|
On Thursday, August 27th, 2020, the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force concluded a follow-up investigation into a string of violent crimes that occurred between June 29th, 2020 and August 25th, 2020 that occurred within the areas of Coachella, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes and San Jacinto. Gang Task Force Officers identified multiple suspects in the crimes, all of whom were found to reside in the Coachella Valley. The crimes are as follows:
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on June 29th, 2020, in San Jacinto during which time a suspect fired multiple shots from a handgun at two adult victims. The victims were not struck by the gunfire.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Armed Robbery on July 29th, 2020, in Coachella during which time three suspects robbed a juvenile victim during a narcotics transaction before firing multiple shots from handguns at the victim. The victim was not struck by the gunfire.
Vehicle Theft on July 27th, 2020 in Palm Desert during which time a suspect was identified as being in possession of a stolen vehicle and providing a false identity to officers after being stopped in the stolen vehicle.
Armed Robbery on August 14th, 2020, in Bermuda Dunes during which time an adult victim was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects. The suspects took the victims’ cellphone and cash.
Attempted Murder on August 22nd, 2020, in La Quinta during which time two suspects fired multiple shots from handguns at two juvenile victims. The victims were not struck by the gunfire.
Commercial Burglary on August 25th, 2020, in Coachella during which time two suspects used a stolen vehicle to drive through a wall at a marijuana dispensary. They stole approximately $35,000.00 in merchandise and caused approximately $30,000.00 in damage to the business during the commercial burglary.
Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Loaded Firearm on August 27th, 2020 in Coachella during which time Gang Task Force Officers conducted a vehicle stop and subsequently found a male juvenile passenger in the vehicle to be in possession of a concealed loaded semi-automatic handgun.
On August 27th, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. Gang Task Force Officers with the assistance of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) served a search warrant related to the crimes at a residence located in the 83000 block of Avenue 50 in Coachella. During the service of the search warrant Gang Task Force Officers located evidence related to the crimes.
Gang Task Force Officers arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile of Indio, who is a documented criminal street gang member. The juvenile was charged with Attempted Murder, Two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Robbery, Commercial Burglary, Vehicle Theft, and Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Loaded Firearm.
Gang Task Force Officers also arrested Documented Criminal Street Gang Member Anthony Hernandez, 18 of Indio for Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Robbery, and Commercial Burglary.
Gang Task Force Officers also arrested Pete Collins, 20 of Indio for Armed Robbery.
The 15-year-old male juvenile was booked at Juvenile Hall in Indio. Both Hernandez and Collins were booked at John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) 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 DiMaggio 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.
For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.
|Anthony Hernandez||Pete Collins|