Suspect Rams Police Cars in an Attempt to Escape


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Matthew Allert

File # Y222670026


On September 25, 2022, at 1:25 AM, Thermal Station deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit with Jose J. Lopez Jr. in the 47000 block of Indio Blvd. in the city of Indio. Lopez was wanted for several felony charges, including stalking, domestic violence, and criminal threats. During the vehicle pursuit, Lopez used his vehicle to ram pursuing Sheriff’s vehicles. At the conclusion of the vehicle pursuit, Lopez lost control of his vehicle and collided with a fence, disabling his vehicle. Lopez fled on foot and was apprehended with the assistance of Riverside County Sheriff’s Service Dog. Lopez was arrested and booked at the John Benoit Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evading, stalking, domestic violence, and criminal threats.

Anyone with additional information on this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Martin of the Thermal Station by calling 760- 863-8990. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-7867.

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