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Posted on: February 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Homicide


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Homicide
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:February 2, 2020Time:06:30 AM
Incident Date:February 1, 2020Time:10:50 PM
Incident Location:84400 Block of Calle Cathron, Coachella
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ben Ramirez
File Number(s):Y200320055

On February 1, 2020, at about 10:50 p.m., deputies assigned to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance in the 84400 block of Calle Cathron, Coachella. Upon arrival, deputies located the parties involved in the disturbance call, but also found an unconscious male in a vehicle separate from the disturbance call.  The male had sustained trauma from gunshots and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputies secured the street as a crime scene and station investigators responded to begin the investigation. The Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

The decedent was identified as Rene Arostegui, 20 years of Moreno Valley. The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Grasso at the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990 or Investigator Mendoza with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777. 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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