Eastvale Area Crime Recap: March 2018


WHEN: 3/8/18

WHERE: 9900 Block of Willowbrook Rd., Jurupa Valley


On March 8, 2018, at about 5:35 PM, officers from the Riverside Police Department were conducting an investigation for a wanted suspect within the 9900 block of Willowbrook Road, Jurupa Valley.  As the officers encountered the suspect an officer involved shooting occurred.  Life-saving measures were performed, but the suspect succumbed to his injuries.  No citizens or officers were injured as a result of this incident.  Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded and assisted Riverside Police Department personnel.  Based on this being an ongoing investigation, the identity of the suspect is being withheld at this time.  Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded and assumed the investigation.  The Riverside Police Department also sent out an investigative team to investigate the incident.  Per the Riverside Police Department’s policy, the involved officers were placed on administrative leave.  This is an ongoing investigation and the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Johnson at 760-393-3502, or Investigator Liu of the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.



WHEN: 3/9/18

WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Ave., Norco


On Friday, March 9, 2018, about 7:27 p.m., a deputy assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle, in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue, in the City of Norco. A records check of the vehicle revealed it had been reported stolen. The vehicle driver and passenger were subsequently detained, pending the investigation. The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Amanda Cortez, age 28, a Jurupa Valley resident, and the vehicle passenger was identified Marco Raul Arevalo, age 28, a Montclair resident. Cortez and Arevalo were arrested for possession of stolen property in addition to several outstanding felony warrants. Both suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, in the City of Riverside for the listed charges and warrants.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Robertson of the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673.



WHEN: 3/9/18

WHERE: 400 Block of Branding Iron Ln., Norco

The Norco Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a package theft suspect.

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, about 3:00 p.m., a deputy from the Norco Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence, located in the 400 block of Branding Iron Lane, in the City of Norco. This was in reference to a reported package theft.

The subsequent investigation revealed that on Friday, March 9, about 6:30 p.m., a female suspect had walked up to the front of the residence, stole several delivered packages, and fled the location. The theft was recorded on a home camera surveillance system. The female suspect was described as being white, approximately 30 years of age, with light brown or red hair. She was last seen wearing a blue floral blouse, blue jeans, and red tennis shoes. Anyone who has information about the identity of the suspect or has any information pertaining to this case, is encouraged to contact Deputy Hughes of the Norco Sheriff’s Office, at (951) 270-5673.



WHEN: 3/21/18 (UPDATED: 3/22/18)

WHERE: 13000 Block of Dearborn St., Eastvale

UPDATE: On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, around 3:00 p.m., the suspect vehicle and suspect were identified and located. The suspect, Juan Francisco Romero Coto, was booked in at the Robert Presley Detention Center for an unrelated warrant. The case will be submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for review. ORIGINAL INCIDENT: On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, around 7:10 a.m. officers assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to an assault that occurred on the Riverwalk Trail near Dearborn Street. During the assault, the suspect knocked the victim to the ground, the victim kicked the suspect off and the suspect fled on foot. A person of interest was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt with white lettering on the back. The person of interest was seen entering a white Chevy 2-door pick-up truck equipped with white work racks and an orange water cooler tied to the bed. The pick-up was towing a white, single axle trailer. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Investigator Contreras of the Eastvale Police Department at (951) 955-2600.


WHEN: 3/22/18

WHERE: Mission Blvd. Business District, Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On March 22, 2018, deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team conducted a directed enforcement and undercover operation in the Mission Boulevard Business District of Jurupa Valley after receiving numerous complaints from business owners and citizens regarding suspicious activity in the area. During this operation, Hakeen Joadikay Richardson, a 27-year-old resident of Perris, was observed loitering for the purpose of prostitution and subsequently arrested on scene. The Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team will continue to monitor and deter criminal activity in the Mission Boulevard Business District and is asking anyone with concerns related to suspicious or criminal activity in the area to contact the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team at 951-955-2600.


WHEN: 3/29/18

WHERE: 1300 Block of Sixth St., Norco

DETAILS: On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, about 9:44 a.m., a deputy assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office, was patrolling near a business, located in the 1300 block of Sixth Street, in the city of Norco.  While at this location, a citizen advised the deputy their vehicle had just been stolen from the business parking lot. Deputies obtained the victim’s vehicle description and the last known direction of travel. Within minutes, responding deputies located the suspect driving the stolen vehicle on a nearby street. Deputies attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the stolen vehicle; however, the suspect drove away, and a pursuit ensued. The suspect attempted to evade pursuing deputies by driving onto the northbound I-15 Freeway from Sixth Street. As the suspect drove on the freeway, he collided into a ravine near the right shoulder. The suspect exited the vehicle and attempted to flee from deputies on foot but was quickly apprehended without incident. The driver was identified as Menny Gaytan, age 28, a resident of Pomona. Gaytan was arrested for vehicle theft and evading a peace officer. Following the arrest, Gaytan was transported to a nearby hospital for a precautionary medical evaluation as a result of the vehicle collision. Gaytan was released from the hospital and later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in the City of Riverside for the listed charges. The Norco Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of the citizens of Norco and will be vigilant in investigation all crimes of this nature. We are asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Deputy Postoian during business hours at (951) 270-5673.



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