Two arrested with handgun and hammer in Date Fest parking lot

(Indio PD / Facebook)

Two men were arrested Monday night in the parking lot of the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival after police stepped up patrols after a several recent vehicle burglaries.

Officers patrolled the parking lot in both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles in an effort to catch the suspects in the recent robberies.

At about 9:45 pm, officers noticed two suspicious subjects near parked vehicles. As officers approached the subjects, one subject handed the other subject a firearm and a small hammer, according to police.

The subject with the items fled on foot and was he was detained after a foot pursuit. Police recovered a loaded handgun and a small hammer used to break vehicle windows.

Mario Perez, 18, and Richard Campos, 21, both of Indio, were booked on felony charges.

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