Ricardo Rivas

A Banning man was arrested Wednesday for lewd acts involving a minor and rape of an adult female, according to the Banning Police Department.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., Banning Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the Banning Police Department in regards to a report of possible lewd and lascivious acts investigation involving a minor under the age of 14. After obtaining statements from several individuals, Banning Police Department Detectives were contacted and assumed the investigation.

Once detectives assumed the investigation, they identified the suspect in the case as Ricardo Rivas, 41, of Banning.

At 11 p.m., detectives located and arrested Rivas. Rivas was subsequently booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 and rape of an adult female.

At this time, the Banning Police Department does not have any information that there are additional victims. As the investigation continues, the Banning Police Department will release additional information as it becomes available.

The Banning Police Department is asking if anyone has additional information about Ricardo Rivas, to call the Banning Police Department Detective Bureau at (951) 922-3170.


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