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Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Solicitation of Prostitution and Identity Theft Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Solicitation of Prostitution and Identity Theft Arrest
Station Area:La Quinta
Written Date:June 30, 2021Time:7:30 PM
Incident Date:June 30, 2021Time:5:30 PM
Incident Location:La Quinta
Reporting Officer:Sergeant George Acevedo
File Number(s):LA211730057 / C211810022

Wendy Ruiz Lopez


On Friday, June 25, 2021, members of the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team conducted follow-up investigation regarding a female arrested on June 22, 2021 during a Demand Reduction Sex Trafficking Operation in the city of La Quinta. The female identified herself with an identification card that was later confirmed to be stolen; the female’s identity was determined to be Wendy Ruiz Lopez, 37 of Desert Hot Springs.

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team members with the assistance of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) contacted Lopez and negotiated agreed upon acts of prostitution in exchange for money via an escort advertisement that was posted online in the area. Lopez was arrested on an additional misdemeanor prostitution charge and possession of controlled substances. Lopez was also arrested for possession of stolen property (identification card), identity theft, and providing a false name related to her arrest on June 22, 2021. Lopez was booked on all charges at the county jail in Indio.

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team is asking anyone with additional information to contact La Quinta SET Deputy Margarita Lopez at (760) 863-8990 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # LA211730057 and/or C211810022.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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