A young man suspected in two shootings within a four-day span was jailed Friday after making a failed attempt to flee from police while allegedly carrying a bag containing several loaded weapons, a detective said.
Johnny Soriano, 18, of Indio was arrested around 3 p.m. Thursday after Desert Hot Springs police — conducting a saturation patrol detail due to a recent increase in shootings — pulled over a suspicious vehicle near the area of Desert View and Cuando Way, according to Detective Christopher Tooth.
Soriano, a passenger in the vehicle, fled upon contact with law enforcement, carrying a large bag with three loaded firearms, as well as a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, Tooth alleged.
He dropped the rifle during the chase and eventually surrendered, according to the detective.
“During the follow-up investigation, Soriano was deemed to be the suspect in two recent shootings which occurred on on April 24th, 2019 and April 22nd, 2019, both of which occurred in Desert Hot Springs,” Tooth said, adding that a juvenile in the vehicle was also arrested “for similar weapons-related offenses.”
Soriano was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional facility in Banning on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited building, carrying an undetectable firearm, shooting at a vehicle or house, carrying a concealed or stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying an unregistered firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen firearm and carrying a loaded firearm when not the registered owner, according to jail records. Bail was set at $50,000.
The unidentified juvenile was booked into Indio Juvenile Hall.
Soriano is expected in court on Monday.