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Posted on: June 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Firearm Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Firearm Arrest
Station Area:San Jacinto
Written Date:June 24, 2021Time:N/A
Incident Date:June 23, 2021Time:10:42 PM
Incident Location:Lake Park Drive and Soboba Road, City of San Jacinto
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ian Baily- Region 3 Gang Task Force
File Number(s):2021-00214

John Sanchez


Parolee at large arrested for illegal firearms possession after vehicle pursuit.

On Wednesday June 23, 2021 at 10:42 PM, Region 3 Gang Task Force Detectives were conducting extra patrol in the area of Lake Park Drive and Ramona Expressway in the City of San Jacinto. Detectives observed a 2007 Mercedes E350 being driven by John Sanchez. Sanchez was wanted for multiple weapons violations on a previous Gang Task Force (GTF) case and had a no bail Parole Violation Warrant. Task Force Detectives attempted to conduct a vehicle enforcement stop, however Sanchez failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. Sanchez drove onto the Soboba Reservation, but was eventually apprehended after his vehicle became disabled and he fled on foot. GTF Detectives searched Sanchez’s vehicle incident to arrest and located a handgun with an attached suppressor, several high capacity magazines and multiple armor piercing rounds of ammunition. Sanchez is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Sanchez was arrested on multiple weapons related charges, later transported to Riverside County Jail.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis. The Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol. The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force operates in the Cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas of Hemet. The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force activities. Since the formation of the task force, leadership has recognized the importance of working together to provide the highest level of service for the citizens within the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of five teams comprising the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of various law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.

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