Arrest made in Coachella kidnap & assault case

COACHELLA — Authorities yesterday announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a kidnapping and assault that occurred in Coachella on Mar. 3. 


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Although no details regarding the reported kidnapping have been released, at around 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday afternoon, Mar. 5, members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force conducted a follow-up investigation into the kidnapping, Sergeant Paul Heredia

Gang Task Force Officers located the suspect, Christian Ortiz, 25 of Coachella in the area of Highway 111 and Cook Street in Palm Desert and arrested him without incident. 

Ortiz was subsequently booked at the jail in Indio for Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Child Endangerment.   

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact CVVCGTF member Deputy Budnik at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number Y190610041 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form. Tipsters can also use the online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call (951) 922-7601.

Christian Ortiz was arrested in connection with a kidnapping and assault that happened Mar. 3. RSO booking photo

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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.