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Riverside man killed by bounty hunters is identified

By in Press Enterprise on December 5, 2017

By Nikie Johnson

The man shot and killed during a struggle with two bounty hunters Sunday night in Riverside has been identified.

Adrian Arriaga, 35, was a transient who lived in the Riverside area, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

Two bounty hunters who were searching for a wanted man were conducting “surveillance” in the Santa Ana River bottom near Van Buren Boulevard on Sunday evening, Riverside police said. They ended up in a physical altercation with the man and “a shooting occurred,” police said. They called 911 shortly after 5 p.m.

Arriaga was taken to the hospital and died about two hours later, the coroner said.

Riverside homicide detectives were still investigating Monday, and no arrests had been made, a police spokesman said.

If a person is arrested, they can put up a sum of money as bail to get out of jail. They may borrow that money from a bail bondsman. If the defendant doesn’t show up for a scheduled court date, the bail money is forfeited — so the bail bondsman may use a bounty hunter to track down the defendant.

Riverside County Superior Court records show Arriaga had failed to appear in court and had forfeited bonds in two active cases in which he’s charged with resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, attempted robbery, throwing a flammable substance on a person, identity theft and forgery. Arrest warrants were issued in both cases.

He has convictions for grand theft auto, possession of a controlled substance for sale, being under the influence, petty theft, assault and resisting arrest, court records show.

Staff writer Brian Rokos contributed to this report.

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