On Dec. 25, the Blythe Police Department (BPD) arrested 23-year-old Blythe local Jesus Eli Velasquez in relation to a reported Dec. 3 incident which led to filed charges alleging felony violations including two counts of PC (Penal Code) section 207(a), kidnapping; PC section 664/211, attempted robbery; PC section 211, robbery; two counts of PC section 245(a)(2), assault with a gun; and two counts of PC section 136.1(B)(1), preventing/dissuading a witness/victim from reporting a crime.
Additionally, each of the eight charged felony counts included an alleged enhancement violation of PC section 12022.53(b) – use of firearm with a specific felony.
Velasquez plead not guilty to all of the respective counts and enhancements at a Dec. 30 warrant arraignment hearing at the Riverside County Superior Courthouse Larson Justice Center in Indio, Calif.
According to the case’s filed declaration in support of arrest warrant obtained by the Times, two individuals are reported having been making an evening trip together to the Mobil gas station in the 200 block of S. Lovekin on Dec. 3.
Upon return to the vehicle, one of the individuals is reported to have been followed by the suspect.
Once inside the vehicle, the suspect allegedly showed a gun and asked for money before telling the driver to give him a ride.
The three arrived at the alley between 4th and 5th St., about a mile away in the eastern section of Blythe, where the suspect is alleged to have been handed $80 by the driver.
Before leaving, the suspect allegedly said: “If you call the cops, I’m going to kill you and kill the cops.”
A Jan. 7 felony settlement conference was scheduled on Dec. 31 following a granted continuance; bail for Velasquez was set at $130,000.
Additionally, along with granted protective orders, the case’s jurisdiction was changed to the Riverside County Superior Courthouse in Blythe.