Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In the last month, several crimes took place in the City of Eastvale. The information below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Incident: Sexual Battery

Location: Eastvale

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.; Pictured: Michael Marende

Details: On December 21, 2022, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a business in the 12500 block of Limonite Avenue regarding a report of a sexual battery.  The victim informed deputies that an unknown male intentionally walked closely behind her and groped her as she was walking from the parking lot.

Based on the suspect description and store surveillance, deputies recognized the suspect as Michael Marende, a 32-year-old resident of Eastvale. Deputies attempted to contact the suspect close by the shopping center, but he fled from them and was not apprehended.

On December 22, 2022, deputies responded to a follow-up call regarding Marende loitering in the same area. Marende attempted to run away from the deputies, but was detained and arrested. Marende was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for Sexual Battery.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Komins at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2629.

Incident: Suspects Arrested in Commercial Burglary

Location: Eastvale

Details: On December 3, 2022, at 12:00 PM, deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station began a burglary investigation at a business in the 6300 block of Archibald Avenue in Eastvale. Deputies learned the victim suffered a house flood and stored their entire life valuables at this business. Property valued at over $100,000 dollars had been stolen.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept,; Pictured: Randy Erickson

Deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team (SET) assumed the investigation and through various investigative means, identified two suspects responsible for burglary. The investigation led SET deputies to another business in the city of Buena Park. A search warrant was served at the business and several thousand dollars worth of various stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim.

On December 8, 2022, while continuing to investigate the burglary, SET deputies and Riverside County Sheriff investigators served a search warrant at a home in the city of Lakewood. During the warrant, Randy Erickson, a 34-year-old resident of Lakewood, was arrested for his involvement in the burglary.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.; Pictured: Daniel Ray Hendrix

On December 11, 2022, officers assigned to the city of Seal Beach Police Department assisted SET deputies in locating an additional suspect, Daniel Ray Hendrix, a 34-year-old resident of Jurupa Valley. Hendrix was found and arrested in the city of Seal Beach for his involvement in the Eastvale burglary. At the time of his arrest, Hendrix was found to be in possession of an unregistered firearm, along with methamphetamine.

Both suspects were booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for several felonies. Deputies were able to recover and return some of the stolen property to the victim. Many additional items have yet to be found.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept; Pictured: the unregistered firearm Hendrix had

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Cosper of the Jurupa Valley Station by calling 951-955-2600.

Incident: Checkpoint

Location: Eastvale

Details: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station/Eastvale, conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, December 16, 2022. The checkpoint was on Limonite Ave., west of the intersection with Hamner Ave., between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following results:

  • 807 vehicles screened
  • 64 vehicles screened in secondary inspection
  • 6 Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) conducted
  • 2 arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
  • 1 arrested for driving under the influence of drugs
  • 3 arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license
  • 12 citations issued for driving without a driver’s license
  • 2 vehicles were stored or impounded
  • 1 arrested for misdemeanor warrants
  • 5 citations issued for various traffic violations

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving.

Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver Call 9-1-1’.