On December 14, 2012, Gene Lombardo telephoned the Sheriff’s Department and threatened to shoot down the next Sheriff’s Department helicopter which flew over his residence. Through investigation, it was learned Lombardo was the registered owner of at least one firearm, and the Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division was notified immediately of the threat. Because of the threat, the Sheriff’s Aviaiton Division had to alter all flight courses above or near Lombardo’s residence, for fear the threats could be credible. Lombardo’s threats hindered and deterred the Sheriff’s Department in providing service to the community in which Lombardo resides.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at approximately 7:00 a.m., deputies and detectives from the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division with the assistance of the Morongo Sheriff’s Station served a search warrant at Lombardo’s residence. During the service of the search warrant multiple firearms were located in Lombardo’s residence along with live ammunition and an indoor marijuana cultivation.
Lombardo was arrested without incident and is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on $150,000.00 bail for violation of P.C. 69 (Obstructing executive officers in performance of duties) and H&S 11358 (Cultivation of Marijuana).
This operation is an example of the ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Department to protect the communities it serves. Anyone with information regarding suspicious or illegal activities are encouraged to contact their local Sheriff Station or We-Tip Incorporated (1-800-78-CRIME) or www.wetip.com and can remain anonymous.