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Posted on: August 18, 2023

Assault With a Deadly Weapon / Child Endangerment Arrest

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant David Aldrich

File # Y232150054


Adam Armendariz Rodriguez Jr.

On August 3, 2023, the Sheriff’s Thermal Station patrol units responded to the 52700 block of Calle Techa in the city of Coachella regarding a shooting. The investigation revealed a Hispanic male adult fired multiple rounds at partygoers, including juveniles while driving by in his vehicle. The suspect fled the area in his vehicle and was not located. The partygoers were not injured during the shooting and were released from the scene. The area was canvassed, and there were no reported injuries. The investigation was assumed by the Thermal Station Special Investigations Unit.

During the investigation, the suspect was positively identified as Adam Armendariz Rodriguez Jr., a 30-year-old resident of Coachella. On August 18, 2023, the Special Investigations Unit located Adam Armendariz Rodriguez Jr., in the 44500 block of Highway 111, in the city of Indian Wells, where he was apprehended without incident. At the time of arrest, Adam Armendariz Rodriguez Jr. was in possession of over 50 grams of cocaine and ammunition.

A search warrant was authored and served in the 51600 block of Calle Avila, in the city of Coachella, with the assistance of the Coachella Community Action Team and the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team. Investigators obtained evidence to indicate the shooting was an isolated incident.

Adam Armendariz Rodriguez Jr. was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in the city of Indio for assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, possession of cocaine for sales, and transportation of cocaine for sales.

The Thermal Station Special Investigations Unit asks anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Eric Piscatella by calling (760)-863-8107. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-7867.

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