San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: December 15, 2016 / 10:45 a.m.

INCIDENT: Possession of Stolen Vehicle / Identity Theft

LOCATION: 7500 Block of Hopi Trail, Yucca Valley
7100 Block of Barberry Ave, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): David Rico, 31 years old
Kristen Umathum, 43 years old


On December 15, 2016 at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Yucca Valley Multiple Enforcement Team executed a warrant service at the 7500 Block of Hopi Trail in the Town of Yucca Valley. David Rico was contacted and found to have a Felony No bail warrant for Burglary out of Los Angeles and a $150,000 Counterfeiting warrant out of San Bernardino County. Rico was also found in to be in possession of a Stolen Hyundai Santa Fe.

A search warrant was executed at Rico’s residence at the 7100 Block of Barberry Ave in the Town of Yucca Valley. During the search warrant, Kristen Umathum was contacted and found to be on probation out of Riverside and have a felony $130,000 warrant for Check Fraud. Deputies located additional evidence reference counterfeiting and identity theft.

Rico was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and felony No bail Warrant. Rico was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. Umathum was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail in lieu of $130,000 bail.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Problem Oriented Policing is a specialized position within the Town of Yucca Valley’s Police Department. Deputy Sheriff Bruce Southworth and Raman Singh are currently assigned to this full time position. The primary focus of “Problem Oriented Policing” is to provide solutions to law enforcement related issues that adversely affect the citizens who live, work and visit the Town of Yucca Valley.

Refer: Deputy B. Southworth / Deputy Raman Singh
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Case #: 231602247 / 231602249
Phone No. (760) 366-4175

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700