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Desert Hot Springs Suspect Charged with Murder

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Desert Hot Springs, CA -

On Wednesday March 29, 2017, at about 2032 hours, officers were dispatched to the 66100 Block of Sixth Street for multiple calls of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a gunshot victim. The victim, Jose Vargas (23 years of age) of Cathedral City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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DHSPD detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and involved parties connected to investigation. The investigation honed in on 27-year-old Orlando Archuleta of Desert Hot Springs, as a suspect.

DHSPD filed the case with the Riverside County District Attorney, Indio office, on today's date and Archuleta was formally charged for the murder of Jose Vargas.

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Archuleta has been in custody on a parole hold and he is currently housed at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

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