Eastvale Area Crime Recap: October 2018


INCIDENT: HOMICIDE(UPDATE) WHEN (ORIGINAL INCIDENT): 5/8/2018 UPDATE/ARREST: 10/4/2018 WHERE:6700 Block of Pedley Rd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Tuesday,May 8, 2018, at 3:30 AM, Cal-Fire personnel and Jurupa Valley Police responded to the 6700 block of Pedley Road, where an abandoned trailer was engulfed inflames. After the fire was extinguished, the charred remains of an adult male were discovered inside. Based on the discovery, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, Cal-fire Arson, and the Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. An autopsy ofthe remains in conjunction with an examination of the scene suggested the adult male; later identified as 40-year-old, Michael Reynoso, was the victim of a homicide. Based on the findings, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. Further investigation revealed that August Nielsen was involved in Reynoso’s death. A warrant was issued for Nielsen for his involvement in the murder of Reynoso.

UPDATE: In the months that followed, Sheriff’s investigators identified 37-year-old, August Nielsen, as a suspect in the homicide of Michael Reynoso. Nielsen’s  whereabouts were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On October 4, 2018, the Desert Hawk Violent Crime TaskForce, with the assistance of the Inland Regional Apprehension Team, located and arrested August Nielsen near Phoenix, Arizona. Nielsen is currently held in a Maricopa county correctional facility awaiting extradition to Riverside county. He is held on $1,000,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at the Central Homicide Unit by calling (951) 955-2777. 

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION, WHEN: 10/11/18, WHERE: 12500 block of Limonite Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Eastvale deputies responded to the 12500 block of Limonite Avenue, in the City of Eastvale, for a medical aid call.  Cal-Fire personnel arrived prior to deputies and found a 25-year-old male Eastvale resident deceased on a bench in front of a business. Eastvale deputies initiated a death investigation. The deceased’s name will not be released until the Coroner’s Office notifies his next of kin.  The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Martinez #3809 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, about 2:20 PM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a retail business in the 1100 block of Hamner Avenue, in the City of Norco, in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned two male suspects had entered the business and stole property while brandishing a weapon at an employee and assaulting another. The two male suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle, driven by a third female suspect. All three suspects fled the location in the vehicle. Neither victim sustained injuries. A description of the suspects and suspect vehicle were provided to nearby deputies. Several minutes later, an Eastvale Police Officer,located the suspect vehicle travelling north on the I-15 freeway, through the Eastvale area. Officers followed the suspect vehicle before stopping it near the intersection of Philadelphia Street and Vineyard Avenue, in the City of Ontario. The three suspects were detained without incident. Deputies located stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects were identified as Drashawn Stewart, age 21, a resident of San Bernardino, Autumn Smith, age 20, a resident of Fontana, and the third suspect was identified as a male juvenile.The two adult suspects were arrested for robbery and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. The juvenile suspect was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and booked at Riverside Juvenile Hall. The juvenile suspect is also facing robbery charges. Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Garcia Villa or Deputy Vawter of the Norco Sheriff’s Office, at (951) 270-5673.


DETAILS: On Friday,October 19, 2018, at 2:36 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 5th Street and Broken Lance Drive, in the city of Norco, regarding a major-injury traffic collision.  The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle traveling westbound on 5th Street at a high rate of speed, collided into the center median causing the vehicle to spin out of control. Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle. All four occupants were transported to local area hospitals for serious injuries sustained during the collision. This investigation is ongoing; however, it appears that alcohol,and/or drug impairment appears to be a contributing factor in this collision.The Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to conduct this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing, and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Lewis at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION WHEN: 10/15/18 WHERE: Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside

DETAILS: On Monday,October 15, 2018, about 7:57 P.M., deputies assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center located an adult male Hispanic unresponsive within his cell ina housing area of the facility. Deputies and medical personnel in the jail,initiated life-saving measures and the male Hispanic inmate was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department,Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau and Robert Presley Detention Center Investigators responded and assumed the investigation.  The identification of the victim will not be released at this time pending notification of family.  There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.  Please call Investigator Martinez of the JV Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 with info.

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION WHEN: 10/23/18 WHERE: Van Buren Blvd. and 56th Street, Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, about 11:45 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a report of a major traffic collision on Van Buren Boulevard, south of 56th Street, Jurupa Valley. Upon arriving, officers located a traffic collision involving four vehicles. The preliminary investigation identified a single occupant vehicle was traveling northbound on Van Buren Boulevard and attempted to make a westbound turn onto 56th Street. The driver failed to negotiate the turn and traveled into southbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard and collided with the vehicle occupied by four individuals.  All four individuals were pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel on scene. The victims were: 20 year old Daniel Smith of Riverside, 20 year old Nicholas Cahill of Riverside, 25 year old Clinton Jellsey of Riverside and 23 year old Marco Aguilar of Riverside. Two additional vehicles traveling southbound sustained minor vehicle damage only attempting to avoid the collision. The driver who caused the collision sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this traffic collision.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fatal traffic collision is encouraged to call Deputy Ditfurth at the Jurupa Valley Station,951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information atwww.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or http://www.wetip.com