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Palm Desert Station

Posted on: June 22, 2022

Homicide

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ed Baeza

File # S221670049

Update:

Investigators from the Central Homicide Unit have identified and arrested Joseph Samuel Runyon, 19-year-old male and Leslie Martinez, 36-year-old female, both residents of Desert Hot Springs as suspects in this investigation. Both suspects were booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center on homicide charges.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Anderson of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Grasso of the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station 760-836-1600.

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Joseph Samuel Runyon
Leslie Martinez

Details:

On June 16, 2022, at 10:17 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a shooting on the 70200 block of Highway 111, in Rancho Mirage. Upon arriving, deputies located a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. The victim was identified as Alejandro Suarez, a 43-year-old male resident of Rancho Mirage. A crime scene was secured and the Central Homicide Unit responded to assume the investigation. The investigation is on-going and investigators are working diligently to identify and locate a suspect(s).

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Anderson of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Grasso of the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station 760-836-1600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.


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