Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Man Accused in DHS Shooting

Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Man Accused in DHS Shooting

News Staff

A documented gang member accused of shooting at two men in Desert Hot Springs, one of whom was hit multiple times, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and attempted robbery.

Richard Alex Bernal, 20, of Desert Hot Springs, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to four felony charges stemming from the Aug. 15 shooting and remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

Officers found one of the victims suffering from four gunshot wounds, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Heredia. The man’s name and condition were not disclosed by authorities.

Desert Hot Springs police worked with the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force to identify Bernal as a suspect and arrested him Friday near the 66000 block of Acoma Avenue.

A search warrant served at Bernal’s residence turned up “evidence related to the attempted homicide,” Heredia alleged.

Bernal, who is charged with two counts each of attempted murder and attempted robbery, will return to court Nov. 14 for a felony settlement conference.