Vehicle Violation Leads to Illegal Weapons Arrest in Desert Hot Springs

News Staff

Desert Hot Springs, CA

On June 25, 2017 at approximately 9:09 AM, Desert Hot Springs Police Officers were conducting increased proactive patrols in the numbered streets north of Pierson Blvd due to recent incidents in the area.

Officers observed a vehicle code violation on an occupied car parked in the 66100 block of 2nd Street. Upon approaching the subject at the car, officers noticed he ducked into the vehicle.

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Officers contacted the subject regarding the vehicle and a subsequent records check revealed he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers then conducted a search of his person and located a loaded pistol magazine. A further search of the vehicle revealed a loaded stolen handgun which appeared to have been dropped inside the car as officers approached.

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Officers determined the magazine possessed by the subject was consistent with the gun in the car. Also located inside was a loaded sawed-off shotgun, body armor, ammunition, and an amount of suspected heroin.

The subject identified as Edwin Ortiz-Martinez (27) of Desert Hot Springs was arrested and later booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning.

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