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Man Suspected of Burglary Strips Naked to Escape Police

On Saturday in Desert Hot Springs, the suspect of a burglary shed his clothing and jumped into a pool before trying to escape from the authorities on foot.

On the morning of June 9, Christopher McCurdy, a 48-year-old Desert Hot Springs resident, had allegedly shown up at the residence of someone with whom he was acquainted and assaulted the homeowner. He then took items from inside the house into his possession and ran away.

The authorities were notified while McCurdy was in the process of the alleged burglary and they began heading to the scene just after 9:00 am. On the way to the home, the officers were alerted by radio and told by the dispatchers that McCurdy had left the premises and was at large.

The police, with backup from a California Highway Patrol helicopter, searched the vicinity surrounding the alleged victim’s home. Officers also contacted employees of the nearby Miracle Springs Spa and Resort and circulated a picture of the suspect. The staff members directed the officers to the resort’s pool area and informed them that he could be found there.

McCurdy allegedly shed his clothing and went into the resort pool in an attempt to blend with the other swimmers to remain unnoticed.

Several vehicles with backup officers arrived at the spa and set up posts throughout the parking lot in an effort to stop McCurdy from escaping. As the officers inside the resort made their way out to the pool area McCurdy reportedly exited the water and covered himself with a towel before fleeing. He chose to leave the premises through the exit in the back of the hotel with the officers and the helicopter still in pursuit of him.

McCurdy was detained in the parking lot of the resort and taken into custody. He was taken to the Riverside County Jail and booked on charges of robbery, burglary, resisting arrest, violation of probation, and a host of other charges relating to the incident totaling seven felonies and four misdemeanors.

McCurdy is being held in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility without bail and is awaiting a scheduled court appearance on July 13 at the Indio Larson Justice Center.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a theft crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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