Local arrested for alleged torture, false imprisonment: 23-year-old pleads not guilty, bail set at $1M

Manuel Hector Gomez

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 23-year-old Blythe local Manuel Hector Gomez plead not guilty to charges alleging felony violations of Penal Code (PC) section 206, torture; PC section 211, robbery; PC section 273.5(a), inflicting corporal injury/spouse; and PC section 236, false imprisonment.

“On Friday, October 9, 2020, at 12:22 (p.m.), deputies assigned to the Colorado River Station investigated a reported domestic violence incident that occurred in the 18000 block of Maple Drive in the unincorporated area of Blythe known as Mesa Verde. The victim had extensive injuries consistent with an assault,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 13. “Further investigation identified Manuel Gomez, 23, of Blythe, as the suspect. A search warrant was authored and served at the location, and evidentiary items related to the incident were recovered.”

Gomez was subsequently arrested at Maple Drive in Mesa Verde, without incident, at 12:44 p.m.; booking time is reported, same-day, at 7:10 p.m.

“He was booked into the Blythe Jail for attempt murder, false imprisonment, and felony domestic battery,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information regarding this investigation to contact Investigator Morelock at (760) 921-7900 and reference incident #A202830018. Callers can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.”

Jail information data notes the alleged PC section 664/187(a) attempted murder arrest violation to have been disposed as “NF” (Not Filed).

Gomez’s Riverside County Superior Court Oct. 15 arraignment saw bail ordered at $1-million, with a felony settlement conference also scheduled for Oct. 22 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for the morning of Oct. 27.

Further, according to Riverside County Superior Court records, Gomez has an arraignment scheduled for Feb. 12, 2021, related to an Oct. 3 arrest in Mesa Verde for alleged felony violations of PC section 246.3(a) discharge of a firearm in negligent manner and PC section 29815 probation restriction from owning/possessing/controlling firearm.

Additionally, Gomez has a Violation of Probation (VOP) hearing related to an April 2019 case also scheduled for Oct. 22.

As of Oct. 19, Gomez remains in custody.

Note: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department CrimeTips online form may be found at: riversidesheriff.org/FormCenter/Crime-6/Crime-Tips-48

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