A Thousand Palms man was arrested today on suspicion of killing a woman whose body was found in a shallow grave.
The unidentified woman's body was found between 2:30 and 3 a.m. today
near a residence in the 23000 block of Longvue Road, where authorities were
dispatched Thursday afternoon.
Carl Richard Perdock, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder around 7 this
morning, according to sheriff's officials.
Cpl. Angel Ramos said a man who called the sheriff's department around
1:30 p.m. Thursday to report an assault with a deadly weapon said his roommate was "making threatening statements and was depressed over the break-up with his ex-girlfriend.''
When they arrived, deputies concluded there had been a possible
struggle, but no one was there. Further investigation led to the residence in
the 23000 block of Longvue, where Perdock fled in a red Jeep Cherokee when he saw deputies, Ramos said.
The deputies gave chase, with a California Highway Patrol helicopter and
K-9 officer joining in the "exhaustive'' pursuit and search that resulted in
Perdock's detainment, Ramos said.
Perdock was being held at the county jail in Indio in lieu of $1 million
bail, with arraignment expected Tuesday at the Larson Justice Center,
according to jail records. No criminal charges had been filed as of midday.
Ramos said details were still developing and no more information would
be released for now. Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at (760) 393-3500 or (760) 836-1600, or submit an anonymous tip at www.riversidesheriff.org.