A 28-year-old man who’s suspected in several crimes in the Coachella Valley, including forcing a motorist at gunpoint to lead sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in Mecca, is behind bars Friday on $250,000 bail.
Gutberto Antonio Rodriguez was arrested Thursday night in North Shore and booked at the Benoit Detention Center in Indio, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Steve Davis.
Rodriguez was the subject of a manhunt stemming from the Aug. 18 chase that started when sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a car near Lincoln Street and 62nd Avenue in Mecca and Rodriguez, who was a passenger, allegedly held the driver at gunpoint and “instructed the driver to evade deputies,” according to Davis.
The brief high-speed chase was terminated near Avenue 60 and Johnson Street, where Rodriguez ran away and a search ensued. No charges have been filed against him in that case.
He also had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from felony charges filed Aug. 21 — assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an occupied vehicle, and a misdemeanor count of brandishing a weapon or firearm — involving alleged crimes that occurred Aug. 11, court records show.
Deputies on Thursday located the suspect in the 101000 block of See Breeze Drive in North Shore, where he was taken into custody without incident, the sheriff’s department reported.
He was convicted of a misdemeanor hit-and-run that resulted in property damage in 2018, but has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.