Area Crime Recap: April 2019

Staff Reports

INCIDENT: ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT/VIOLATION OF PROBATION

WHEN: 4/9/2019

WHERE: CITIES OF JURUPA VALLEY, EASTVALE, AND NORCO

DETAILS: Between February 5, 2019 and March 19, 2019, officers assigned to the Jurupa Valley Police Department, Norco Sheriff’s Office and Eastvale Police Department investigated multiple thefts of lottery tickets at various businesses in their respective jurisdictions. The suspect would enter different businesses and distract employees. While the employees were distracted, the suspect reached over the counter and stole lottery tickets. The value of the stolen lottery tickets totaled over $2500.00.    

Garry Gordon, a 25-year-old resident of Jurupa Valley was identified as the suspect in these thefts. Gordon was arrested in the City of Jurupa Valley and transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center. Gordon was booked into jail for over eight counts of theft which occurred at different businesses in the cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale and Norco.         

This investigation included members assigned to the Jurupa Valley Police Department, the Eastvale Police Department, the Norco Sheriff’s Office, and the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. The investigation is on-going, and it is believed Gordon may be involved in other similar thefts. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Patrick at (951) 955-2600 at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

WHEN: 4/12/2019

WHERE: 3900 BLOCK OF BUCHANAN ST., CORONA

DETAILS: On Friday, April 12, 2019, about 4:30 p.m., a student was walking home from school in the area of Magnolia Avenue and Lincoln Street, in the unincorporated area of Riverside County known as Home Gardens. As the student walked past a black, older model Toyota sedan (no further description) parked in the area of the 91 Riverside Freeway bridge and Buchanan Street in the City of Corona, the sole male Hispanic occupant caught her attention by whistling and motioning her to his vehicle.

The student walked up to the passenger window at which time the subject asked for directions to the street he was already parked on. Without warning, the subject reached across his front right passenger seat and grabbed the student’s right arm in an attempt to pull her inside of his vehicle.

The student immediately pulled away from the subject breaking free from his grasp. The student ran away from the location and observed the subject immediately drive away in the opposite direction out of sight. Due to the delayed reporting of the incident, deputies were unable to conduct a search of the area for the subject.

The subject was described as a clean shaven 45-50-year-old male. He was wearing an orange colored t-shirt (as worn by construction workers) and blue jeans. He did not have a weapon.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to maintaining a high quality of life and encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they observe. Parents are also encouraged to remind their children to always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious citizens and activity as well.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Curry at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: WEAPON/FRAUD/DRUG ARREST

WHEN: 4/18/19

WHERE: 7000 BLOCK OF ARCHIBALD AVENUE, EASTVALE

DETAILS: On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Eastvale deputies responded to the 7000 block of Archibald Avenue, in the City of Eastvale, to investigate a possible kidnapping.  A concerned citizen called to report a female locked in the cargo area of a U-Haul box truck.

Deputies stopped the vehicle and detained five occupants, some of which were hiding in the cargo area of the truck. The kidnap report was unfounded; however, deputies located several items inside the truck, to include a credit card skimmer, checks, numerous fraudulent identification cards, credit cards and gift cards, indicating the truck was being used as a mobile credit card fraud and identity theft laboratory.  In addition, deputies located a loaded .40 caliber gun and methamphetamine.

The driver, Mario Gomez (age 42), was arrested for credit card fraud, identity theft, possession of a loaded firearm while being under the influence of an illicit drug, and possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies are actively searching for potential identity theft and credit card fraud victims based on this investigation. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Nuño #3683 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: FATAL HIT & RUN TRAFFIC COLLISION

WHEN: 4/21/20;

WHERE: VAN BUREN BLVD & LIMONITE AVE., JURUPA VALLERY

DETAILS: On Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 11:07 p.m., officers assigned to the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to the area of Van Buren Blvd. just north of Limonite Avenue, reference a male laying in the roadway with obvious signs of trauma. Officers arrived on scene and observed injuries to the deceased consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The male was pronounced deceased by deputies on scene at 11:08 p.m.  Members of the Jurupa Valley Traffic Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation.

The preliminary investigation determined the deceased was riding his bicycle northbound Van Buren Blvd. just north of the Limonite on ramp, in the far east portion of the roadway, when a vehicle struck him and fled the scene.

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 0833 hours, officers responded to the 9000 block of 56th Street, in Jurupa Valley, regarding follow-up call related to the fatal hit and run traffic collision. Officers obtained information that identified Andrew Walters as the driver of the vehicle that struck the deceased male.

Walters was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for violation of  20001 (a) VC (Felony Hit and Run).

Alcohol and/or drug impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision at this time.

The Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team is currently conducting this investigation. This investigation is ongoing, and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Ditfurth at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: SERIAL ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

WHEN: 4/25/2019

WHERE: MULTIPLE BUSINESSES IN THE CITIES OF JURUPA VALLEY, RIVERSIDE & FONTANA

DETAILS: Between April 13, 2019 and April 23, 2019, several businesses in Riverside County and San Bernardino County to include, Jurupa Valley, Riverside, and Fontana were victimized by a serial armed robbery suspect. The suspect targeted small businesses which included gas stations and fast food restaurants located in various strip malls. During some of these robberies, the suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a camouflage backpack. The suspect would place a shotgun shell on the counter in front of the victims, threaten the victims and demand money. Other times, the suspect would brandish what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. 

On April 24, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Special Enforcement Team, with the assistance from the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team detained a subject matching the suspect description near the businesses located in the 8000 block of Limonite Avenue, in the City of Jurupa Valley. The subject was in possession of a camouflage backpack and a replica semi-automatic pistol. The subject was ultimately identified as the armed robbery suspect. Francisco Alejandro Siles, a 21-year-old transient of Jurupa Valley was arrested for numerous counts of armed robbery.

Further investigation revealed a vehicle described as a silver G35 Infiniti sedan was used as a getaway vehicle during some of the robberies. This vehicle was located along with Sunday Nadal, a 50-year-old female transient of Jurupa Valley. Nadal was identified as a second suspect in this investigation. Siles was arrested for multiple counts of armed robbery. Nadal was arrested for being an accessory during the commission of these robberies. Both were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside County Jail. Siles is currently being held pending a $500,000.00 bail.

The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the collaborated effort from members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Eastvale Police Department, the Riverside Police Department and the Fontana Police Department.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Munoz or Deputy Chua at (951) 955-2600 at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, Detective Corbett at (951) 353-7134, Email: kcorbett@riversideca.gov with the Riverside Police Department or Detective Clark at (909) 350-7700 with the Fontana Police Department.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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