Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ben Ramirez 

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The victim in this case was identified as Johnny Sanchez, 32 years of Desert Hot Springs.


On November 1, 2023, at about 12:47 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff Station were dispatched to a report of a deceased male at a property in the 15700 block of Country View Road, Whitewater. Upon arrival, deputies searched a large parcel of land and found a deceased male outside near a parked vehicle. The scene was secured, and an investigation began. The Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The investigation revealed the victim was shot at the property. The identity of the victim will not be released, pending next of kin notification.

During the course of the investigation, two suspects were identified as Daniel Pacheco, a 40-year-old resident of Whitewater, and Juan Reyes, a 48-year-old resident of Palm Springs. Pacheco, initially detained at the property on Country View Road, was arrested on November 2, 2023.

On November 2, 2023, around 2:00 p.m., members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crimes Gang Task Force and the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit located and arrested Juan Reyes in the 3500 block of East Palm Canyon Road, Palm Springs. Both Pacheco and Reyes were booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center, Indio, for murder.

This investigation is currently ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Brown at the Palm Desert Sheriff Station at 760-836-1600 or Investigator Munoz with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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


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