Riveting Standoff Unfolds as Suspected Drug Smugglers Face Off Against Deputies near Elsinore

A man and woman suspected of drug dealing and intimidating pedestrians on a road near Lake Elsinore were arrested and taken into custody on Tuesday.

Kevin David Hofseth, a 37-year-old resident of Escondido, and Lindsay Christine Salomone, a 35-year-old San Diego resident, were apprehended on Monday for their alleged involvement in the transportation and sale of controlled substances, obstruction of law enforcement officers, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to these charges, Hofseth was also arrested for firearm assault and presenting a weapon without self-defense justification.

Hofseth is currently being held on $50,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, while Salomone is being detained on the same bail amount at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Sgt. Fred Collazo of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred around 1 p.m. on Monday when two drivers encountered the suspects blocking the road with their vehicle and trailer.

The identities of the drivers have not been disclosed, but they stopped and offered assistance. However, “Hofseth made threatening remarks while pointing a rifle towards them,” Collazo stated.

Concerned for their safety, the witnesses moved to a safe distance and immediately called 911. Shortly after, patrol deputies and SWAT personnel arrived at the scene.

“Following a lengthy standoff, Hofseth was apprehended, and Salomone was detained,” the sergeant explained. “Upon investigation, the suspects were found to be in possession of controlled substances, suggesting their involvement in drug sales.”

Fortunately, no injuries were reported during this incident.

No background information regarding the suspects is currently available.


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