Indio Man Is Behind Bars For Alleged Robbery

City News Service

THERMAL (CNS) – A 41-year-old man is behind bars today after being
accused of stealing a woman’s laptop and injuring her in the process in
Thermal.

Jesus Perales of Indio was arrested after the Riverside County
Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery just after
noon  Sunday at the Truck Stops of America in the 46000 block of Dillon Road.

According to Sgt. David Koedyker, a woman reported that a man stole
her laptop bag from the trunk of her vehicle. The victim reported that she
confronted Perales and got into a physical confrontation in which she sustained
minor injuries. Perales then allegedly fled in a white sedan.

Police said that, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol
helicopter, the suspect’s vehicle was located in a citrus field in the 40000
block of Dillon Road. After searching the nearby area, deputies found the
suspect in a nearby camp as well as the victim’s stolen property buried nearby,
police said.

The victim’s stolen property was returned to her and Perales was
booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion of robbery.
He remains there on $30,000 bail.

Jail records show he will make his initial court appearance at the
Larson Justice Center on Wednesday.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.

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