Police K-9 helps Rancho Mirage officers safely rescue woman and baby from domestic abuse situation

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

Shortly after 7:oo p.m. on May 2nd, a Rancho Mirage Police officer saw a blue Chrysler traveling southbound on Monterey Avenue at Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage.  A woman was yelling for help from the front passenger seat of the vehicle, as she was hanging out of the car.  The officer conducted a stop on the vehicle, which occurred in the Costco parking lot at 72800 Dinah Shore Drive.

The woman exited the vehicle, running as she yelled to the officer that she had been kidnapped and her 1-year-old infant son was in the car.  The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Florentino Perez, 25, of Cathedral City failed to respond to the officer’s commands and barricaded himself and the infant inside the car.

Officers unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate with the driver.  The driver and the infant remained in the parked vehicle with the windows rolled up.

Perez’s refusal to exit the vehicle resulted in officers using force to remove him from his car.  They broke both the driver’s side and passenger side windows to gain access to Perez and the infant.

The infant was removed safely and Perez continued to refuse to exit the car.

The Police K-9 was deployed and Perez was subsequently bitten on the upper arm.  He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the hospital for his injuries.

The female victim and the infant were removed from harm’s way without injury.

The suspect and victim are married and have other children together besides the infant.  The victim stated she has been suffering from ongoing domestic issues and her husband had been drinking and was despondent.

This investigation is continuing.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Rancho Mirage Police Department at 760-836-1600.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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