RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Gang Member Arrested After Throwing Stolen Firearm from Vehicle|
|Station Area:||Sky Valley|
|Written Date:||July 29, 2021||Time:||10:15 PM|
|Incident Date:||July 29, 2021||Time:||12:35 PM|
|Incident Location:|| 20th Avenue and Prospect Street in Sky Valley|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Paul Heredia|
On Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 12:35 P.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF ) conducted saturation patrol in the unincorporated areas of Desert Hot Springs and Sky Valley. Gang Task Force Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop of a vehicle near the intersection of 20th Avenue and Prospect Street in Sky Valley. Prior to the vehicle coming to a complete stop, the driver of the vehicle threw a loaded 12-Gauge Shotgun from the window of the vehicle. The shotgun was subsequently recovered by Gang Task Force Officers at which time they determined the shotgun was previously reported as stolen. The driver of the vehicle was identified as convicted felon and documented criminal street gang member, Daniel Avila, 51 of Indio. Avila was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and a concealed dirk/dagger. Gang Task Force Officers arrested Avila for Violation of Parole, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Narcotics with a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of a Dirk/Dagger. Avila was booked at John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
The 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 Deputy Henson 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.
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