Rally-Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery with Serious Injury
PALM SPRINGS – Calamity ensued when rally-goers were confronted by a group of juveniles at a recent ‘Pro-Trump/Recall Gavin Newsom’ rally. Social-distancing ceased to exist when a member of the rally witnessed the quickly-escalating incident at the intersection of Gene Autry Trail and E. Ramon Road.
“A member of the rally witnessed the altercation, and then witnessed a 15-year-old and 13-year- old juvenile assault another member of the rally,” said Palm Springs Police Department. “The witness ran to aid the member being assaulted and both juveniles started to run away.”
Both juveniles were chased by the witness, who caught up to the pair near the Home Depot. The anonymous witness announced that the police were on their way. “At that point, one of the juveniles swung at the witness’s head to hit him,” said PSPD.
When the witness grabbed the juvenile’s arm and tried to detain him, “the juvenile then suddenly pulled an airsoft pistol from his waistband and struck the witness in the back of the head multiple times, causing moderate injuries to the witness,” said PSPD.
The witness – who’d now become a victim – successfully knocked the pistol out of the juvenile’s hands and held him until arriving PSPD took over at approximately 4PM on 10/18/2020. Officers detained both anonymous suspects.
The 15 year-old – who was found in possession of a 30-round high-capacity Glock 9mm magazine – was released to his parents on-scene. “The 13-year-old juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall in Indio on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery with Serious Bodily injury,” said PSPD.
Investigators are urging anyone who has any information regarding this ongoing investigation to please call the Palm Springs Police Department or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.