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Weapon / Fraud / Drug Arrest

Post Date:04/19/2019 11:40 AM
Press Release: Weapon / Fraud / Drug Arrest
Agency: Eastvale Police
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: 04-19-19 Time: 09:00 AM
Incident Date: 04-18-19 Time: 11:16 AM
Incident Location: 7000 block of Archibald Avenue, Eastvale
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Julio De Leon #4198
File Number(s): EV191080025

Details:

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Eastvale deputies responded to the 7000 block of Archibald Avenue, in the City of Eastvale, to investigate a possible kidnapping.  A concerned resident called to report a female locked in the cargo area of a U-Haul box truck.

Deputies stopped the vehicle and detained five occupants, some of which were hiding in the cargo area of the truck. The kidnap report was unfounded; however, deputies located several items inside the truck, to include a credit card skimmer, checks, numerous fraudulent identification cards, credit cards and gift cards, indicating the truck was being used as a mobile credit card fraud and identity theft laboratory.  In addition, deputies located a loaded .40 caliber gun and methamphetamine.

The driver, Mario Gomez (age 42), was arrested for credit card fraud, identity theft, possession of a loaded firearm while being under the influence of an illicit drug, and possession of methamphetamine.

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Mario Gomez

Deputies are actively searching for potential identity theft and credit card fraud victims based on this investigation. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Nuño #3683 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

Residents may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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