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Posted on: October 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Gang Member Arrested with Firearm



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Gang Member Arrested with Firearm
Station Area:Gang Task Force
Written Date:10/19/19Time:3:15 AM
Incident Date:10/19/19Time:12:00 AM
Incident Location:I-10 and Bob Hope Drive, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Paul Heredia
File Number(s):GE192920001


David Bustos

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 12:00 A.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force assisted California Highway Patrol Officers regarding a traffic stop on Interstate 10 and Bob Hope Drive in Palm Desert. During the incident, California Highway Patrol Officers observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and conducted an enforcement stop. During the stop, a .44 caliber revolver was observed in the vehicle and the two occupants were detained. Gang Task Force Officers responded to the scene and assumed the investigation reference the firearm. Through their investigation, Gang Task Force Officers determined documented gang member, David Bustos, 20 of Indio was in possession of the revolver. Gang Task Force Officers arrested Bustos for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Violation of Parole. California Highway Patrol Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, documented gang member, Christopher Mendez, 21 of Indio for Driving Under the Influence. Both suspects were 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 Davidson 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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The Riverside County Gang Task Force is a collaborative effort of several local and countywide law enforcement agencies with the goal of providing safe and secure communities free of violent crime and gang violence.

 You may also provide information anonymously through the Riverside County Gang Task Force website using the Gang Activity Form.

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