Press Releases

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Domestic Violence

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Update:

Deputies assigned to the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. On August 13, 2020, about 9:30 PM, the suspect, Jeffrey Cook, 35 of La Quinta was arrested for felony domestic battery and booked at the jail. 

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Residential Burglary

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On Monday, August 10, 2020, around 9:15 am, officers from the California Highway Patrol located a possible stolen golf cart at a recycling shop in Indio. Officers traced the golf cart to a residence in the 54000 block of Southern Hills in La Quint...

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Posted on: August 8, 2020

Homicide

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On Friday, August 7, 2020, at 7:34 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department - Thermal Station, responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision in 84000 block of Avenue 50 in Coachella. Deputies arrived withi...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Residential Burglary Arrest

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On July 19, 2020, at 3:23 AM, La Quinta patrol deputies responded to multiple residential burglaries in the 53000 block of Avenida Juarez, in the city of La Quinta. The investigation was assumed by the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team. During th...

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Posted on: August 1, 2020

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned

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On July 31, 2020, deputies conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver’s License Checkpoint at Cesar Chavez and 4th Street within the city of Coachella, between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am.  The checkpoint yielded ...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Collision

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On July 31, 2020, at 7:38 AM, La Quinta deputies responded to Avenue 52 and Avenida Bermudas reference a single vehicle traffic collision.  Investigation revealed driver, Roberto Ruelas, 20yrs of Lake Elsinore was traveling eastbound on A...

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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On Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 5:10 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Thermal Station responded to a reported assault with a deadly weapon incident. Investigation determined four suspects entered the victim&...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Homicide

Update:

On July 30, 2020, the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) assisted Central Homicide Unit Investigators with locating and arresting 40-year-old Martha Espinoza of Coachella for her involvement in this homicide. The ongoing inves...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Suspicious Death

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Update:

The decedent was identified as Leonard Garcia, 31 years old resident of Coachella. 

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On July 22, 2020, deputies from the Thermal Sheriff Station responded to a report of a man down at Ave. 49 and Calle Abelia. Upon arrival, deputies ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Homicide

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On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, deputies from the Thermal Station responded to the area of Fillmore St. and Ave. 78 in Thermal to investigate a report of a dead body. When deputies arrived, they located an adult male who was the victim of a homicide. I...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Suspicious Death

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On July 28, 2020, the identity of the homicide victim was confirmed through the Coroner’s Office, using dental records. The victim is Luis Pinedo, 23 years of Mecca. This is still an active investigation and no further details will be rel...

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Posted on: July 18, 2020

Parole at Large / Felon in Possession of a Firearm Arrest

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On July 17, 2020, about 8:41 PM, Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) Deputies contacted Francisco Magana, 29 of Indio, in the area of Van Buren Street and Corregidor within the unincorporated area of Indio.  Magana was known to the dep...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver's License Checkpoint

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Coachella, Calif. – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on July 31, 2020, at an undisclosed location within the city limits of C...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of stolen vehicle

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On July 13, 2020, the Thermal Station Agricultural Liaison Deputy, along with the Southern Coachella Community Services District (SCVCSD) Deputies, conducted a probation/compliance check regarding a burglary investigation. The victims of the burgl...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Aggravated Arson, Burglary

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On June 30, 2020, at 11:08 PM, Thermal Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported alarm at a business within the 90400 block of Avenue 66 in Mecca. On arrival, deputies determined entry had been made to the business and a fire had been s...

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Posted on: July 11, 2020

Lost Hiker Found

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On July 10, 2020, at 2:54 P.M., the Sheriff’s Department received a call of a Lost Hiker, in Joshua Tree National Park.  The lost hiker, Robert Ringo, 67 years old, of La Quinta, was last seen on July 9, 2020 about 12:00 PM. &am...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Possession of Narcotics / Resisting Arrest

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On Friday, July 10, 2020, at 12:30 P.M., Coachella deputies from the Thermal Station contacted a subject at the 52000 Block of Cesar Chavez Street, in the city of Coachella. The contact was due to multiple previous reports of trespassing and vanda...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

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On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 5:41 PM, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team served a marijuana related search warrant within the 51000 block of Avenida Obregon, La Quinta. It was discovered that the entire residence was being utilized as a marijuan...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Coronavirus Scam Alert!

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In recent days, the Thermal Sheriff’s Station has received reports of suspected scam attempts related to COVID-19 or questions regarding the legitimacy of those offers.

COVID-19 scams can come in the form of robocalls, emails or online se...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Celebrate 4th of July Responsibly

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Your Actions Save Lives: Celebrate 4th of July Holiday Responsibly

Coachella, Calif. – As we approach the 4th of July holiday, the city of Coachella and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages the public to be responsib...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale

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On Thursday, July 2, 2020, about 7:30 AM, the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) with the assistance of Gang Task Force (GTF) and Thermal Station teams, served three search warrants. The search warrants were served within the 1000 block of Dat...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Armed Robbery, Grand Theft and Child Endangerment Arrest

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On June 26, 2020, a grand theft and an armed robbery occurred within the unincorporated area of Thermal and city of Coachella. The Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) assumed the investigation. On today’s date at 5:12 PM, CCAT served ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Illegal Fireworks

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The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, serving the city of La Quinta, wants to remind residents ALL fireworks are illegal in La Quinta. This includes “Safe and Sane” fireworks such as sparklers.

Violators of firewo...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Assault with a deadly weapon investigation

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On April 18th, 2020 Thermal Station deputies responded to a reported shooting, which occurred in the area of Las Lunas Avenue and Rio Rancho Court in Coachella. The Thermal Station Investigations Bureau assumed the investigation and recently ident...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Stolen vehicle recovery / Gang member arrested

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On June 17th, 2020 around 9:51 AM, Thermal Station deputies assigned to the city of Coachella located a stolen U-Haul van in the desert area of Vista Del Norte, west of Dillon Road. Next to the stolen van was known gang member Aaron Reyes, 39 of C...

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