LA QUINTA — A 51-year-old Indio man was booked into the Indio County Jail following a domestic violence incident on Sept. 10, according to Sgt. David Aldrich of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Indio Man Jailed in Domestic Violence Incident

Dennis Upton

At 6:05 p.m. on Sept. 10, La Quinta deputies responded to the 56600 block of Palm Drive in the city of La Quinta, regarding a domestic violence incident. The suspect, Dennis Upton, 51-years-old of Indio, fled the scene law enforcement arrived and was not immediately located.

On September 11, 2019, the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. During the investigation, Upton was located and interviewed at the Thermal Station. An emergency protective order was granted and served.

A requirement of an emergency protective order is to surrender all firearms and ammunition. Upton refused to relinquish his firearms and ammunition.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team authored a search warrant for Upton’s residence, located in the 45500 block of Seacliff Court, in the city of Indio.

Indio Man Jailed in Domestic Violence Incident

Seized weapons

At 6:30 p.m., the search warrant was served. During the search warrant, approximately 31 firearms were located and seized, most of which were unregistered.  Additionally, an estimated 10,000 rounds of ammunition were located and seized.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Klemme at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling (760)-863-8990.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate partner violence affects millions of people in the U.S. each year. Data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate: 

  • About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of IPV-related impact.
  • Over 43 million women and 38 million men experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Intimate partner violence is violence or aggression that occurs in a close relationship. The term “intimate partner” includes current and former spouses and dating partners.


Image Sources

  • Dennis Upton: RSO
  • Weapons: RSO
  • Blue light: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay