Coachella cellphone theft suspect was detained by immigration officials, attorney says

By in Press Enterprise on May 17, 2017

By City News Service

A bench warrant was issued Wednesday, May 17, when a Los Angeles resident accused of stealing cellphones and other property from Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attendees missed a court date, but his attorney said the man was detained by immigration officials.

Marco Leon, 27, of Los Angeles, is charged along with Brenda Cansino, 29, of Miami, and Sharon Ruiz, 25, of Van Nuys, with one count of receiving stolen property and seven counts of misdemeanor grand theft.

Leon was released from county jail on May 7 on $10,000 bail and was slated for a felony settlement conference Wednesday, but was not present because he’s in federal custody, according to his attorney.

Nevertheless, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Harold W. Hopp issued a bench warrant Wednesday morning for Leon, whose co-defendants remain out of custody and are scheduled to be arraigned in June.

Charges have not been filed thus far against five others arrested on suspicion of stealing cellphones during the festival, including 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, of New York, who authorities say had more than 100 stolen cellphones in his possession.

They were each released on bail and given dates in the coming months.

Attendees in the first festival weekend tracked Henao down with the “Find My Phone” feature that allows iPhone owners to locate a lost cellphone, according to Indio police Sgt. Daniel Marshall.

A second New York man, whose name wasn’t released, was also arrested during the first festival weekend with around 10 stolen cellphones in his possession, Marshall said.

During the second weekend, Angela Trivino, 35, of New York, and Viviana Hernandez, 38, of Los Angeles, were arrested along with Leon, Cansino and Ruiz. More than 40 cellphones, several forms of personal identification, credit cards and cash were recovered between them, according to police.

Leonardo Miranda Aguilar, of Miami, was arrested […]    

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