A man who assaulted a woman and snatched her purse on Oct. 3 was spotted by law enforcement officials on Monday Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. near Center and Market Streets in Thermal, officials reported today.
Deputies set up a perimeter after the suspect took off running into a nearby yard.
A lock-down was ordered for a nearby school while officials searched for the suspect.
After a lengthy search, officers found the man hiding in a residence in the 87000 block of Center Street, Sgt. Jeronimo Contreras stated in a sheriff’s report.
Thermal resident Jesse Jordan Diaz, 21, was arrested and booked on charges of robbery.
Sheriff’s deputies are encouraging anyone who has further information regarding this crime or any other crimes in the Southern Coachella Valley to contact the Indio Station at 760-863-8990.
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