Photo: scene at one of the incidents
CATHEDRAL CITY – Three tragic homicide cases have rocked Cathedral City in Riverside County during March and April. The veil of uncertainty, added to the nebulous Covid-19 Pandemic, was lifted with the dedicated collaboration of CCPD Detectives and the availability of resources from the Gang Impact Team, CVNTF, RAID, PACT, and Dispatch.
The widespread groups investigating the cases from CCPD, Riverside County Sheriff, Palm Springs PD, Indio PD, Desert Hot Springs PD, and Indio CHP contributed an omnipresent collab in the Coachella Valley’s desert-resort city.
First, Officers were dispatched on 03/10/2020 at 7:16 AM to a location at Avenida El Mundo and McCallum Way, regarding a vehicle with a deceased victim inside. Officers arriving on-scene launched an immediate investigation.
Interviews with several subjects provided Detectives with information leading to the ID and arrest of a suspect within 12 hours of the time of the call.
Next, a reporting party’s call dispatched Officers to the 29500 block of Ave. La Vista on 03/23/2020 at approximately 6:44 PM – her father and sister had been shot. Arriving Officers found her dad lying on the kitchen floor.
The 11-year-old sister was found shot inside the home. “The male later succumbed to his injuries,” said CCPD. “The Detective Bureau worked tirelessly and were able to identify multiple suspects responsible for this crime.”
A multiple-gunshots call was the third and final homicide incident on 04/04/20 at approximately 7:15 PM. Shots heard in the area resulted in a discovery at a nearby-collision scene. Officers arriving at Avenida Juarez and McCallum Way found a deceased male inside the vehicle.
“CCPD detectives arrived and initiated a homicide investigation,” said CCPD. “After conducting their investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested for this crime. The last two months have been a challenging time for our community and detective bureau. They’ve been challenged with investigating three homicides along with other significant cases,” said Cathedral City PD. “Through all this uncertainty, each case was handled professionally and led to the arrest of those involved in the crimes.”