BERMUDA DUNES — A second suspect and a juvenile were arrested on Thursday in conjunction with a robbery that was committed in March.
Two suspects reportedly assaulted a man who was on an evening walk in Bermuda Dunes, a small town between Palm Desert and Indio, on Monday, March 16. The victim reported that he did not know the two men who physically assaulted him. The victim’s belongings were taken by force by the two armed suspects, who then fled the scene in a vehicle. When deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department responded to the crime, they were unable to locate the men described. Following the crime, officers assigned to the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (Gang Task Force), assumed the investigation.
The investigation that followed was lengthy and extensive. Members from the Coachella Valley Violent Gang Task Force authored and served two search warrants in the 46-000 block of Clinton Street in the city of Indio. On Thursday, March 26, the first warrant was served, and it was followed by a second search warrant that was served on Thursday, April 2, and netted two arrests.
During the search on April 2, a .38-caliber revolver, sawed-off shotgun and ammo were seized. The items found resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile along with Christopher James Crowell, age 22 of Indio.
The 17-year-old juvenile was transported to the Indio Juvenile Hall where he was booked for robbery and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Christopher James Crowell was transported to the Riverside County jail in Indio and booked for robbery and possession of an unregistered firearm.
The Gang Task Force encourages residents to contact them if have they have non-emergency information regarding gang activity. Community members can use the online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.
Desert Sun: Two Indio residents arrested for robbery