Two suspects have been arrested for Feb. 21 Outpost homicide

CATHEDRAL CITY — Charles Lamar Campbell lll, 20, of Beaumont, and Joel Ortiz-Hidalgo, 19, of Desert Hot Springs have been arrested in connection with the Outpost homicide of the 60-year-old owner on Feb. 21.

On Feb. 21, 2021, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Cathedral City Police Dispatch received 911 telephone calls reporting an armed robbery at the location. Additional information indicated that the clerk/owner, Chris Sgouromitis, was suffering from gunshot wounds to his body. Officers arrived on scene and began emergency life-saving measures. Sgouromitis succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Cathedral City Fire Department Paramedics.

Over the past nine days, CCPD Detectives have worked tirelessly to identify and locate those responsible for the senseless shooting death of a father of four with strong local community ties, who was not involved in criminal activity and died in his long-time place of business.  This criminal investigation included a collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, local businesses and critical involvement and cooperation from the local community.  This enabled CCPD detectives to identify the shooter in the homicide and the driver of the vehicle used to flee the area.

Arrests Made in Connection with Outpost Homicide

Joel Ortiz-Hidalgo

On Monday, March 1, 2021 at approximately 4 a.m., the driver was located and detained at his residence in the 66900 block of Ironwood Drive in Desert Hot Springs. He was later taken into custody by CCPD Detectives without incident, transported to CCPD and eventually transported to the Riverside County Jail in Banning.  At approximately 4:54 p.m. in Beaumont, the Riverside Gang Impact Team (GIT) located the shooter involved in the crime, in the 1800 block of Oak Valley Village Circle. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Cathedral City Police Department. He was later transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

The Cathedral City Police Department encourages community involvement in working cases of this nature and recognize the invaluable investigative resource that just one community member can provide. However, though many on social media voice their opinions and theories publicly regarding possible suspects, we encourage those with credible information to channel their efforts directly to investigators, via email or through anonymous tip lines.

Although the investigation is progressing, information is still vital to the closure of this case.  The Cathedral City Police Department are asking for continued assistance from the community. If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact Cathedral City Police Detectives at 760-770-0300 / Detective Sergeant Larry Sanfillippo at 760-202-0306, or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at: or email In addition, If you have information possibly associated with this incident, you may also report your information anonymously through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or  Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.




Image Sources

  • Joel Ortiz-Hidalgo: CCPD
  • Charles Lamar Campbell lll: Cathedral City Police Department