La Quinta Gang Member Arrested for Felony Child Endangerment

LA QUINTA — Gang Task Force Officers on Thursday arrested documented criminal street gang member David Moreno, 19, of La Quinta for felony child endangerment.

David Moreno

David Moreno

Officers made the arrest after they identified Moreno in a cell phone video depicting Moreno pointing a loaded handgun at a minor then furnishing the loaded handgun to a minor for the minor to display the gun on camera.

On Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 2020, at 9:45 A.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force with the assistance of the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at an apartment located in the 47000 block of Dune Palms Road.  The warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation related to cell phone videos posted to social media platforms depicting documented criminal street gang members and juveniles with firearms.

During the service of the search warrant, officers located various items of gang indicia.

Gang Member Arrested for Child EndangermentOfficers previously served a search warrant at the same apartment in the 47000 block of Dune Palms Road in La Quinta on Sept. 26th, 2020 during which time they located an AR-15 Rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 9mm semi-auto handgun, and a .22 caliber semi-auto handgun.  Also located at that time were various items of gang indicia.

Moreno was subsequently booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact Task Force member Officer Budnik at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use the online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

Image Sources

  • David Moreno: RSO
  • Firearms: RSO
  • Child with gun: Shutterstock