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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Thursday January 3rd, 2019 :: 08:22 a.m. PST


3 suspects arrested for a variety of crimes - possession of stolen vehicle, accessary to a crime, probation violation

DATE/TIME: January 2, 2019/11:38 am

INCIDENT: Possession of a Stolen Vehicle / Accessory to a Crime / Probation Violation / False Information
to a Peace Officer

LOCATION: 16000 block of 5th Street, Yucaipa

SUSPECT 1: Raul Lopez, age 25 a resident of San Bernardino

SUSPECT 2: Elena Dirge, age 52 a resident of Yucaipa

SUSPECT 3: Herbert Medina, age 35 a resident of Yucaipa

On Wednesday, January 3rd, Deputy Erdem Gorgulu conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle displaying no license plates that was being driven by Raul Lopez. Lopez pulled into the Bonanza Mobile Home park and ran from the vehicle with Gorgulu in foot pursuit. Lopez ran into a trailer and hid inside.

Gorgulu learned Elena Dirge, the resident of the trailer, was on probation. Along with other deputies, he conducted a search of her residence and found Lopez hiding in a closet. Lopez had a felony warrant for his arrest for Grand Theft Auto. The truck he was driving was found to be stolen.

During his search of the trailer Gorgulu contacted Dirge’s and Herbert Medina. Medina gave deputies a false name, but was later identified through a fingerprint check and was found to have two warrants for his arrest; one for a traffic offense and one for a stolen property offense.

During a search of the area, deputies located another stolen vehicle parked near the suspect's trailer.

Lopez was arrested for his felony warrant and for possesing a stolen vehicle. He was booked into the Central Detention Center with bail set at $100,000. Medina was arrested for his warrants and for providing false information to a peace office. He is being held with bail set at $75,000. Dirge was arrested for probation violation and accessory to a crime. She is being held without bail.

Refer: Deputy E. Gorgulu

Station: Yucaipa

Phone No. (909) 918-2305

Case No. 141900018

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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