BLYTHE, Calif –
On Sunday January 23rd, Cpl. Terry Reynolds investigated a reported alleged rape
of a child by 28 year old Keith Alan Riggert of Blythe.
The case was turned over
to Det. Tim Cornwell to continue with the investigation. Det. Cornwell learned
that Riggert had allegedly raped and committed other sexual acts with the child.
Det. Cornwell requested an arrest warrant for Riggert for violations of Lewd Act
on a Child, Sexual Penetration with a Child Under 16 years old, Unlawful Sexual
Intercourse with a Child Under 16 years old and Inflict Corporal Injury Upon a
Child. Based on proof and Probable Cause the arrest warrant was issued for
Riggert and several attempts were made to locate him.
On February 15th at 2:43 pm Blythe Police received information that Riggert was
seen in the area of Acacia and Chanslorway in a black 2006 Toyota Scion.
Officers responded to the area in an attempt to locate Riggert and spotted the
black Scion southbound on Hwy. 95 from Chanslorway. When officers attempted to
stop Riggert, he fled at a high rate of speed. The officers notified dispatch
that they were in pursuit of Riggert at speeds over 100 miles per hour. Riggert
entered I-10 and proceeded eastbound into Arizona and then took the river road
and headed south from there. The pursuit continued on the river road until
Riggert lost control of the vehicle he was driving and went off the road and
stopped. Riggert left the area on foot and entered a high brush area. Sgt.
Joshua Coe who was the senior officer in the pursuit immediately set up a
Although the Riverside Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol along with
air support, U.S. Border Patrol and a K-9 unit, La Paz County Sheriff’s Office,
Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Game assisted, Riggert was not
located after several hours of searching.
The vehicle Riggert was driving turned out to be stolen out of Huntington Beach,
Riggert is a dangerous 28-year-old white male, 5’11”, 180 lbs., brown hair and
brown eyes. He is still outstanding and we are asking for your help in locating
him. Do not attempt to contact him yourself, but call the Blythe Police
Persons charged with a crime are
considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to
contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given
anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.