Police investigating burglary, fight, shots fired that occurred a mile apart

Police are investigating whether a man who allegedly swam naked in a community pool and fought residents early Thursday was the same man who attempted to burglarize a condominium and shot at a witness one mile away.

The Palm Springs Police Department received a report of an attempted homicide and burglary at 12:55 a.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Via Entrada. According to authorities, the reporting party said he witnessed a man break into a neighboring condominium and reported that the man shot at him.

Police arrived on the scene and found evidence of the reported shots fired and recovered some of the victim’s stolen property, but did not find the suspect.

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The suspect was described as a man wearing a dark beanie, a light-colored sweater, baggie shorts or jeans and black shoes.

Less than one hour later, at 1:39 a.m., the police department received a report of a fight at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Riverside Place. According to the caller, a naked man was swimming in the pool and causing a disturbance. A second caller said a fight occurred between several residents and a man.

Officers arrived on the scene and found the naked man matching the suspect description. He was lying on a bed, bleeding. They identified him as a 22-year-old Palm Springs resident.

Police believe the man broke into an apartment during the melee and was
thrown off a second-story balcony, but then ran back to the apartment and
jumped through a window, lacerating himself.

He was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. He does not appear in jail records.

Police do not know if the man was the suspect in the initial reported burglary; however, the two locations are about one mile apart and the suspect descriptions are similar in both cases.

The two incidents were under investigation and police urged anyone with information to contact the Palm Springs Police Department Detective Bureau at 760-323-8144.

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