Criminal Threats Help a Barricaded Felon with a Firearm Get Arrested
Photo: Jose Eduardo Mascareno
THERMAL – Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Thermal Station Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District, Coachella Community Action Team, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, and Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) served a search warrant on the 88700 block of Avenue 70th on September 3rd at 6:52 PM.
Investigators launched this operation in the unincorporated area of Thermal, stemming from deputies’ investigating an August 27th complaint of criminal threats and a felon in possession of a firearm. The suspect, ID’d as Jose Eduardo Mascareno (31) of Thermal, was wanted for two outstanding felony warrants out of Riverside County.
“The suspect barricaded himself inside the residence, ” said Sergeant Sal Gonzalez. “SEB was contacted and responded. SEB deployed their avatar robot and K9 unit deployed their dog. Ultimately, SEB entered the residence and located the suspect hiding in one of the bedrooms, behind a dresser he had positioned to wedge himself against the wall.”
The wanted felon “was charged with Criminal Threats, Felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition, and two outstanding felony warrants,” added Sgt. Gonzalez. “Mascareno was booked at Indio Jail.”
The ongoing investigation needs your help. Anyone with information re Case# C192460024 is urged to contact the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District at (760) 863-8990. Citizens are also advised to submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.