THOUSAND PALMS — Authorities searched three homes in conjunction with a gang related crime and arrested one.
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force, with assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT Team, served three search warrants in the 30-200 block of Las Flores Way, 30-700 block of Monte Vista Way, and 31-200 block of Robert Road. All the properties were located in the unincorporated community of Thousand Palms.
According to a press release from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, the search warrants were part of an investigation involving an assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred on February 14 in Thousand Palms.
Sergeant Mike Tapp reported that during the search a stolen shotgun was recovered along with ammunition and gang paraphernalia. An 18-year-old, Thousand Palms resident, Martin Aguirre, was arrested and booked into the Riverside County Jail, located in the city of Indio.
According to the charges, Aquirre is suspected of being gang member and charged with being in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of stolen property.
The Sheriff’s Department requests that if the community has any information about this crime, that they contact Deputy Chacon at (760) 345-3790. Non-emergency information regarding gang activity can be reported online using the Gang Task Force Tip Form or by calling 951-922-7601.