Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Burglary Arrest


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ricardo Contreras

File # T240310058


On January 31, 2024, at 1:41 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to the 43000 block of Elkhorn Trail, Palm Desert, reference a burglary in progress. Deputies arrived at the location and determined the suspect, later identified as Mizahel Morales, 26-year-old resident of Palm Desert, had brandished a firearm and forced his way into the victim’s residence.

Morales fled the location prior to deputies’ arrival but was later located at a nearby residence. No injuries were reported during the incident. Morales was booked at John Benoit Detention Center for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of probation.

Mizahel Morales

This is an ongoing investigation. No additional details are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Rodriguez at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station (760) 836–1600.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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