Hours-long Standoff Ends in Arrest in Thermal

Hours-long Standoff Ends in Arrest in Thermal


Coachella, CA

A Coachella man who barricaded himself inside a Thermal home after allegedly firing several gunshots inside the residence was being held today in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Juan Moya, 49, surrendered just before midnight Sunday and was booked at the Indio jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of high-capacity magazines, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Moya allegedly fired shots at about 3 p.m. Sunday inside a home in the 51200 block of Jackson Street. According to Deputy Armando Munoz, deputies responding to a “shots fired” call heard several shots coming from inside the residence.

Moya initially refused to surrender, and a SWAT team was brought in to retrieve “several adults and juveniles who reside on the property,” Munoz said.

With only Moya left inside the home, sheriff’s deputies waited him out until his eventual surrender to the SWAT team later that night, the deputy said.

No injuries were reported.

 Moya was expected to appear in an Indio courtroom on Wednesday.