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Report of man’s ‘bizarre’ behavior leads to two stolen vehicles near Perris

By in Press Enterprise on July 15, 2017

By Alex Groves

A caller’s report that their relative was “waving a firearm and acting bizarre” in the Good Hope area near Perris led to the discovery of two stolen vehicles on Friday, July 14, sheriff’s officials say.

David Joseph Esparza, 27, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley and remained there Saturday with bail set at $10,000, according to online jail records.

Deputies, along with a sheriff’s helicopter, went to Esparza’s home, found the firearm and took him into custody without incident, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release.

They also linked Esparza to the two stolen vehicles they also found on the property, according to the release.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone who may have information about the case to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at 951-776-1099 or the Lake Elsinore sheriff’s station 951-245-3300.


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