Felon arrested after found with loaded and concealed firearm

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — A documented criminal street gang member and convicted felon was arrested during a probation compliance search after Gang Task Force members found him in possession of a loaded and concealed firearm Friday afternoon, June 14.

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Deputies assigned to the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force conducted a probation compliance search near the 66000 block of Granada Ave. in Desert Hot Springs shortly before 3 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Heredia later reported.

During the probation search, Gang Task Force deputies located Jose Dorado, 27, of Desert Hot Springs. During a subsequent search of Dorado, officials discovered he was in possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, a violation of his probation terms. 

Jose Dorado was arrested after Gang Task Force members found him in possession of a loaded and concealed firearm. RSO photos

Dorado was arrested and later booked into Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and violation of probation. Jail records indicate Dorado remains in custody and is being held without bail, pending a revocation hearing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force officials at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number GE191650001 and can remain anonymous.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer Chacon at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601. 


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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.

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