It was 7:46 pm on Thursday September 8th 2022 when deputies in Mecca were flagged down on 5th Street in Mecca.
A 42 year old female told them she had been kidnapped, beaten, strangled with a belt, and held against her will for more than 8 hours.
The victim survived, and suffered moderate injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
During the investigation, the suspect was positively identified as 29 year old Daniel Gamez Zaragoza of Thermal.
Just after 3 in the morning on Sunday September 11th 2022 Zaragoza was arrested at his home on Pierce Street in Thermal.
Zaragoza was taken into custody without incident with the assistance of a Riverside County Sheriff’s Service Dog.
Zaragoza has been booked at the John Benoit Detention Center for attempted murder, kidnapping, domestic assault, and false imprisonment.
The Thermal Sheriff’s Station is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Espinoza at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 863-8990. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-7867.
Suspect Daniel Gamez Zaragoza.
Photo from Riverside County Sheriffs Dept