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Attempted Murder

May 7, 2016

Eric GragsonEL CENTRO, Calif – On Thursday May 5, an Imperial County Sheriff's Sergeant, while performing an agricultural area patrol check, contacted a suspicious parked vehicle in the area of Edgar Road and Forrester Road. The vehicle was occupied by 33 year old Eric Gragson and 28 year old Adrian Rivas. An investigation revealed the vehicle had a stolen plate. Gragson, the driver, sped off in the vehicle with Rivas.

The Sergeant sustained minor injuries while avoiding being struck by the speeding vehicle and was treated and released at a local hospital. An all-points bulletin was broadcast to Imperial Valley Law Enforcement.

The suspects were located later that morning in an apartment, located in the 400 block Commercial Avenue in the City of El Centro. Both suspects were taken into custody by Imperial County Sheriff’s Deputies with the assistance from the California Highway Patrol and El Centro Police Department.

Gragson was booked into the Imperial County Jail and was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm against a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, displaying false plates and resisting arrest. Gragson’s bail was set at $500,000 . Charges will be filed on Rivas for conspiracy with the Imperial County District Attorney Office.

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