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RSO: Gang member arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in Coachella


A reported gang member was arrested in Coachella on Tuesday for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, members of the Coachella Valley Violent Gang Task Force went to a residence on the 53000 block of Tyler Street in Coachella to speak with a suspect connected to an assault investigation reported on October 29.

During the October incident, a suspect, now identified by RSO as 19-year-old Geronimo Nunez-Vasquez of Coachella, reportedly pointed a firearm at a group of victims on the 53000 block of Tyler Street, then fired one shot. No one was struck by the gunfire.

During Tuesday's investigation, Nunez-Vasquez attempted to flee out the back door of the Tyler Street residence and was apprehended by task force members. According to county jail records, he was arrested at 2:04 p.m. then booked into Indio Jail on five felony charges of terrorist threats and five felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

"The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity," read RSO's news release on the arrest. "If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer James at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601. "

Nunez-Vasquez is being held on $25,000 bail. At the time of this publication, he was still in custody.

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Sam Benson Smith

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