Riverside County: 10 Suspected Gang Members Arrested by Multi-Agency Crime Task Force


                                                                                                                               

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, at about 6:00 AM, members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) . supported by local law enforcement officers, began serving a series of gang association search warrants in the city of Desert Hot Springs and surrounding area. The search warrants are being served on the residences of suspected gang members and associates.

The warrants stem from gang violence and shootings that have occurred within Desert Hot Springs and surrounding areas. This operation also included the service of a gang injunction on documented gang members and associates as well as parole and probation searches within the city of Desert Hot Springs and surrounding areas.

The search warrants resulted in the confiscation of seven firearms, approximately five-hundred rounds of ammunition, high capacity magazines, and gang indicia.

The search warrants were served at the following locations:

66-000 block of 5th Street, Desert Hot Springs
66-400 block of 5th Street, Desert Hot Springs
65-800 block of 7th Street, Desert Hot Springs
66-400 block of Acoma Avenue, Desert Hot Springs
66-400 block of Acoma Avenue, Desert Hot Springs
12-300 block of Avenida Alta Loma, Desert Hot Springs
13-600 block of Caliente Drive, Desert Hot Springs
13-700 block of Richard Way, Desert Hot Springs
66-300 block of Vista Place, Desert Hot Springs
15-500 block of Via Montana, South Desert Hot Springs
17-500 block of Mountain View Road, South Desert Hot Springs
13-400 block of Elsworth Street, Moreno Valley
300 block of North Sunrise Way, Palm Springs
600 block of Euclid Avenue, Beaumont

The probation and parole searches were conducted at the following locations:

66-600 block of 2nd Street, Desert Hot Springs
66-500 block of 4th Street, Desert Hot Springs
66-100 block of 7th Street, Desert Hot Springs
13-800 block of Sanita Drive, Desert Hot Springs
13-300 block of La Mesa, Desert Hot Springs
12-200 block of United Road, Desert Hot Springs
29-900 block of Desert Charm Road, Indio Hills
69-900 block of Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage

The following suspects were arrested and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility, located in the city of Banning, for the following charges:

22-year-old, Banning resident, Daniel Villa, Parole Violation
36-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Rosalinda Guzman, Possession of Assault Rifle
37-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Raul Guzman, Possession of Assault Rifle
34-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Julio Arrez, Felon in possession of ammunition and Parole Violation
26-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Steven Zarate, Felon in possession of Firearm
20-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Missael Garcia, Possession of High Capacity Magazine
26-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Anthony Fuentes, Felon in possession of Firearm
19-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Joshua Felix, Felony Warrant, possession of stolen vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm
24-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident, Anthony Michado, Parole Violation
One male juvenile was arrested and transported to Juvenile Hall for a warrant for possession of a firearm.

The following agencies and teams participated in the operation:

California Highway Patrol’s Warrant Service Team, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Cathedral City Police Department, Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force, Coachella Community Action Team, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Indio Police Departments Street Crime Unit, Moreno Valley Special Enforcement Team, Palm Desert Burglary Suppression Unit, Palm Springs Police Department, Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID), Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Special Action Unit & Gang Impact Team, Riverside County Gang Task Force Region Teams 1-8, Riverside County Post Release Accountability and Compliance Teams (PACT East, Central, & West), Riverside County Probation Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Departments Special Investigations Bureau, SWAT Team, and K-9.

The operation is part of an ongoing effort to combat predatory gang activity in the community and protect law abiding residents from violence. The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. Anyone with information related to this ongoing effort is encouraged to contact CVVCGTF Detective Gaines at (760) 836-1721.

Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside Sheriffs Department

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