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Thermal Station

Posted on: April 14, 2023

Possession of a Loaded Firearm Arrest

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant David Aldrich

File # Y231040020


On April 14, 2023, the Thermal Station Special Investigations Unit conducted a weapons related investigation. The investigation led to the 50000 block of Kenmore Street, in the city of Coachella. A search warrant was served at a residence in the area. During the search warrant service, William Flores, 21-year-old of Coachella, a documented criminal street gang member and Lilyana Tapia, 21-year-old of Coachella were taken into custody without incident. Flores was found to be in possession of a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic firearm, that was unregistered.

William Flores was booked at the John Benoit Detention center for felon in possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation and a felony warrant for felon in possession of a firearm.

Lilyana Tapia was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center for possession of a loaded firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm.

The Thermal Station Investigations Special Investigations Unit is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Piscatella at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 863-8107.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-7867.

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