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Crime Recap: July

Joseph Garibay, age 41. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – In the last month, a few incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Possession of a Loaded Shotgun and Narcotics

INCIDENT DATE: August 2, 2020

WHERE: Harada Heritage Park, Eastvale

Rebeccah Fleming, age 28. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

On August 2, at 8:40 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale saw a suspicious vehicle parked at Harada Heritage Park and contacted the occupants, Joseph Garibay (age 41) and Rebeccah Fleming (age 28).  Both reside of Northern California.  Deputies searched the vehicle pursuant to their probation terms and located a loaded shotgun, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.  Both occupants were arrested and booked for numerous felony charges, to include Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Narcotics while Armed. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Huggins #4496 at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Theft of Mail, Identity Theft, Burglary, Violation of Probation, Felony Warrant-Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: July 18, 2020

WHERE: 1400 Block of Valley Drive, Norco

On Saturday, July 18, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation regarding theft of mail in the 1400 block of Valley Drive, Norco. Deputies found that a suspect broke into the community mail box, stole mail, and used a credit card to make fraudulent purchases at various retail locations. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, age 26. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies followed up on several leads. On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 around 8:45 pm, they located the vehicle involved in the theft and conducted an enforcement stop in the City of Riverside. The driver was contacted and identified as Jacob Andrew Williamson, a 26-year old, resident of Jurupa Valley. After an interview with Williamson, he was arrested. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on No-Bail for a Felony Warrant.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Faucher at (951) 270-5673.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. River Road was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene. At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

Crime Recap June

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 28, 2020

WHERE: 13300 block of Heather Lee Street, Eastvale

On June 28, 2020, at 12:38 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to the 13300 block of Heather Lee Street for a large party and possible shooting.  Deputies learned a 25-year-old male had been shot.  The male was air lifted to a local trauma center where he received medical treatment for his gunshot wounds.  

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Investigator Corey #2938 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff Station’s Detective Bureau at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 24, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, about 8:34 AM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at River Road cross of Baron Road, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. A male adult driver was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital for treatment. On the way to the hospital the male adult succumbed from his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle cooperated with the investigation and was released from the scene with minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling eastbound on Baron Road cross of River Road. The driver attempted to make a northbound turn onto River Road from a southbound only turning lane. The vehicle was struck by the second vehicle that was traveling southbound on River Road.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. River Road was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene. At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 19, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, Eastvale

On Friday, June 19, 2020, about 10:28 PM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a major injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles had two occupants and the other vehicle had a single occupant. All of the occupants involved in the collision were transported to a local hospital with moderate to major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling southbound Hamner Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle failed to stop for the red light at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street where the collision occurred in the intersection. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Nancarrow at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 18, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue, cross of 3rd. Street, Norco

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, deputies from the Norco Station responded to a report of traffic collision at Hamner avenue, cross of 3rd Street, in the city of Norco.

Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle collision involving two vehicles and a motorcycle. During the collision the motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Hamner Avenue, approaching 3rd street and  collided into the rear of a small pick-up truck. The collision caused the pick-up to travel into the southbound lanes colliding with another vehicle. The driver of the pick-up truck and the other vehicle remained on scene. Both drivers cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed for several hours in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 13000 65th St. (Harada Heritage Park) Eastvale

Within the past couple of days, a video depicting a violent physical altercation at the Harada Heritage Park in Eastvale began circulating on social media.  The video clearly depicts numerous male and female adults engaged in a physical altercation, which ended up in a shooting with one person shot suffering a non-life-threatening injury. At the time of the initial investigation, it was believed the shooting was possibly gang related; however, no suspects were initially arrested or identified. 

Photo courtesy: RUSD

The deputy assigned to the parks within the city of Eastvale was made aware of the video. In an effort to establish the identity of the victims, potential witnesses and suspects deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team (SET) in conjunction with the parks deputy immediately assumed the investigation.  The suspect was later positively identified as 18-year old Alprentice Caleb Young, resident of Eastvale.

On June 17, 2020, about 1700 hours, SET deputies observed Young traveling westbound on 65th St. near Sumner Ave. A felony vehicle stop was conducted. Young was contacted and was in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Overnight search warrants were executed in the 13500 block of Gray Hawk Ct. and the 6500 block of Acey St, in Eastvale.  Multiple items of evidence related to the shooting, including a firearm were seized.  Efforts to locate additional suspect as well as other persons of interest in this investigation are ongoing. Young was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a loaded firearm.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Parham (951) 955-2600.

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.

Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020

WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco

Courtesy: RCSD
Dakota Halverson

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.

With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.

Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.

Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco

On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Van Bigman Lindsay

Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Bergert at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET), representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.

On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred. 

Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant

INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020

WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.

SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.

On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Crime Recap: May

Staff Reports


Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.


INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm
INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020
WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.
Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

Dakota Halverson. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm
INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020
WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco
On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.
With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.
Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.
Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

Van Bigman Lindsay. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner


INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer
INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020
WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco
On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.
Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Bergert at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants
INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020
WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale
Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET), representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.
Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.
On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred.
Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.
Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant
INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020
WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale
Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.
SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.
On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.
Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Crime Recap April

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, a few crime incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the surrounding communtiies.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

WRITTEN DATE: April 26, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: April 23, 2020

WHERE: Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley

On Thurs., April 23, at about 6:52 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving two vehicles and a pedestrian, on Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries laying on the eastbound number two lane of Limonite Avenue. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The male victim was part of a landscaping crew doing work in the area and witnesses stated he was loading equipment on the bed of a parked work truck prior to being struck. The driver of the other vehicle is believed to have invaded the coned off lane of eastbound Limonite, striking the victim and the parked work truck. The male driver was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. No alcohol or drugs are believed to have been a factor in this collision.

Anyone with additional information 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 at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting the Riverside Sheriff’s Tip Page or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Commercial Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 10, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 31, 2020

WHERE: 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

On Tues., March 31, at approximately 10:05 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a theft. The suspect exited the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise and failed to pay for the items. An employee attempted to contact the suspect outside the store, but he fled on foot. 

Photo Courtesy: RCSD
Juan Lima

The Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. After an extensive investigation, the suspect was identified as Juan Lima, 47-year-old resident of Muscoy. On Wed., April 8, at approximately 9:00 p.m., deputies located Lima in the 6000 block of Vista Del Verde, in the city of Jurupa Valley. He was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Newman at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 9, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 22, 2020

WHERE: 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale

On Mon., March 23, at approximately 7:37 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a commercial burglary. Their investigation revealed approximately $15,000.00 worth of DeWalt power tools were stolen from the location.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation.   Surveillance video was obtained in the area of the burglary and a 2002 Blue Chevrolet Suburban was identified as the suspect vehicle used during the commission of this crime. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Vincent Poncinie

On Thurs., March 26, members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Task Force (Region 7) conducted a probation compliance search at a motel in the city of Jurupa Valley. During the search, Vincent Poncinie, a 32-year-old resident of Jurupa Valley, was found in possession of a homemade handgun, also known as a “ghost gun”, along with numerous stolen DeWalt power tools taken during the burglary. He was arrested for possessing the illegal firearm and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.  

Further investigation revealed Poncinie and a second suspect, Rolando Gutierres, a 38-year-old resident of Fontana, were responsible for burglarizing the business in Eastvale. On Tues., March 31, a deputy assigned to the Burglary Suppression Team located Gutierres driving the blue Chevrolet Suburban in the area of California State Route 60 and Pedley Road, Jurupa Valley. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, but Gutierres fled the area at a high rate of speed endangering the safety of the public. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Rolando Gutierres

On Wed., April 8, members from the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team located Gutierres in the 9800 block of Sierra Avenue, Fontana. Gutierres fled from the location on foot and was arrested after a short foot chase. Gutierres was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, resisting arrest and violation of probation. Charges will be filed on Poncinie out of custody for his involvement during the commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Arredondo at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

Crime Recap March

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, a few crime incidents took place in the City of Eastvale.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: March 23, 2020

WHERE: 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St., Eastvale

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner
Illegal indoor marijuana grows were found in two locations of Eastvale.

Illegal marijuana plants were found in two homes in the city of Eastvale last month.

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.

On March 23, 2020, at 10 AM, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted marijuana eradication search warrants at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. They served the search warrants on the 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St, both within the city of Eastvale. 

Deputies recovered a total amount of 2,614 marijuana plants from both locations. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residences worth $70,237. Eastvale City Code Enforcement officers were summoned to the locations and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputies Hughes and Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WHEN: March 5, 2020

WHERE: 14000 block of Ella Dr., Eastvale

Two suspects were arrested after a residential burglary took place in the city of Eastvale.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, about 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call in the 14000 block of Ella Drive, Eastvale, regarding a residential burglary. The resident reported the suspect forced entry through the rear sliding glass door and stole multiple items from the residence. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. 

Courtesy: RUSD
Sabatino Jablonski

Surveillance video was obtained in the neighborhood where the burglary occurred, which identified a champagne colored KIA Sorrento as being a vehicle used during the commission of this crime. Additionally, one of the suspects used the victim’s credit cards to purchase items at a retail store in San Bernardino County. After an extensive investigation, the suspects were identified as Sabatino Jablonski, 26-years-old and Angelica Camacho, 35-years-old, both residents of Pomona.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., deputies located Jablonski and Camacho at their residence, located in the 1300 block of West Mission Boulevard, Pomona. The apartment was searched and numerous items taken in the burglary were recovered. Additionally, deputies discovered hundreds of items believed to be stolen in other incidents of burglary and theft. These items include, but are not limited to watches, collectibles, electronic devices, cameras, and other miscellaneous items. 

Jablonski and Camacho were arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm and violation of parole. Jablonski was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the listed charges. Charges will be filed on Camacho out of custody.  

This investigation is still active and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact members of the Burglary Suppression Team at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600. 

Crime Recap February

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several crime incidents took place in Eastvale and Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Burglary

WHEN: February 29, 2020

WHERE: 5700 block of Daybreak Dr., Eastvale

On February 25, a deputy from the Jurupa Valley Station, assigned to the city of Eastvale, responded to the 5600 block of Serenity St, in the City of Eastvale regarding multiple burglaries. The suspect(s) involved in the burglaries entered apartment garages and removed several property items from the garages and fled the location.   

Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) assigned to the city of Eastvale assumed the investigation. During their investigation, they were able to determine a series of garage and vehicle burglaries were occurring in the Homecoming community in the city of Eastvale. 

On Saturday, February 29, the SET conducted an undercover operation within the Homecoming community. During the operation, they witnessed a burglary in progress. The suspect fled the scene on foot toward an unknown location. The SET established a perimeter around the area, located the suspect, and a short foot pursuit ensued. Subsequently, the suspect was taken into custody. 

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Garrett Thomas Bliven

Garrett Thomas Bliven, 20-year-old resident of Eastvale, was ultimately arrested for burglary, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and resisting/delaying a peace officer. Bliven was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputies Hughes and Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: February 23, 2020

WHERE: 5500 Block of Cambria Ave., Eastvale

On Monday, February 24, at 9:02 A.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, responded to an in-progress residential burglary in the 5500 block of Cambria Avenue, located in the city of Eastvale. Deputies arrived and saw a backyard window smashed and other evidence of a burglary. Deputies conducted a protective sweep, but the suspect fled the residence, prior to their arrival. 

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Victor Manuel Lopez

Video surveillance from a Ring doorbell camera at the residence helped identify Victor Manuel Lopez, a 27-year-old male resident of Chino Hills, as the suspect. Joint investigation with the Ontario Police Department revealed Lopez was staying at a motel room, located in the 2300 block of South Grove Avenue, located in the city of Ontario. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Ontario Police Department located Lopez at the motel and he was taken into custody. Lopez was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Delgado at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

WHEN: February 21, 2020

WHERE: Maggie Lane cross of Mayfield Street, Eastvale

On Friday, February 21, at about 3:25 PM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the area of Maggie Lane and Mayfield Street, located in the city of Eastvale. Upon arrival, deputies located two female juveniles who sustained minor and non-life-threatening injuries. The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were walking home from school when a white, 4-door sedan with front end collision damage drove past them. The vehicle was occupied by four black male adults, who pointed a realistic looking pistol, then fired shots at them from the vehicle. The weapon used was not a firearm but possibly an airsoft or pellet pistol. The projectile that struck both victims left superficial marks on their body. The vehicle and suspects fled the area prior to deputies arrival.   

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s station conducted a follow-up investigation and located and arrested 18-year-old Eastvale resident, Markus Robert Zurawski. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Hernandez at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or http://www.wetip.com.  

INCIDENT: Narcotics for Sale Search Warrant

WHEN: February 11, 2020

WHERE: 5800 Block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

On February 11, at 7:30 PM, members of the Jurupa Valley’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale served a narcotic’s for sale search warrant in the 5800 block of Hamner Ave, in the city of Eastvale.  During the service of the search warrant, deputies located approximately 1oz of methamphetamine, 49 rounds of live 223 Cal. ammunition, 23 rounds of live 20 gage shotgun ammunition, miscellaneous ammunition, three high capacity AR-15 magazines, fictitious U.S. currency and additional items indicative with possession for sales. Also, located were two suspected stolen Los Angeles County Sheriff uniform shirts.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Michael De La Madrid

Michael De La Madrid, a 35-year-old resident of Eastvale, was arrested for possession of narcotics for sales, Forgery, Felon in possession of ammunition and high capacity magazines. De La Madrid was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: February 6, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the City of Eastvale

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.

On February 4 and 6, at 11:00 AM, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted marijuana eradication search warrants at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. They served two residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. 

INCIDENT: Major Injury – Hit and Run Traffic Collision

WHEN: February 3, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Third Street, Norco

On Monday, February 3, about 10:36 PM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station – Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to a report of a major injury traffic collision involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Hamner Avenue, cross of Third Street in Norco. 

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries. The male victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene northbound Hamner and subsequently eastbound on Third. The vehicle is described as a 2013-2017 dark color Jeep Patriot. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision and if alcohol/drugs were a factor during this major injury traffic collision. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information at the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or www.wetip.com.

Bicyclist Killed In Accident

Staff Reports

Chino – A bicyclist died after colliding with a vehicle last saturday evening in Chino, police said.

The 37-year-old man, who lives in pomona, was riding his bike along Philadelphia Street near Bridger Avenue when a vehicle struck the man, said Chino police Lt. Nick Marotta. It happened in the 5100 block of Philadelphia.

A witness had phoned police about the crash about 7:24 p.m., Marotta said. Officers arrived to find the 37-year-old lying on the pavement, unresponsive.

Paramedics transported him to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Traffic investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash. It was not clear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.

Four Dies In Plane Crash Near Corona Airport

A 2006 Lexus ES330 believed to be involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Corona on Feb. 5, 2020. (Credit: Rod Richardson)

Staff Reports

Eastvale -An Eastvale woman died due to a hit and run accident but the perpetrator was caught the following day, according to Corona Police.

Brenda Richardson, 48, of Eastvale, was riding her motorcycle on River Road and Kalus Avenue around 4 pm last week when the suspect vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, allegedly turned left in front of Richardson, striking the zlexus on the right side of that vehicle, severely injuring Richardson. She succumbed to her injuries the following day, February 6. She was the mother of eight.

On February 7, 2020, at about 3:56 p.m., the suspect vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, involved in her death, was located in the 900 block of Rebecca Way in Corona. While officers were investigating the car, they found the male driver, 85-year-old Tashiro Isa of Corona. Officers arrested Isa for felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Gardner at (951) 817-5784.

Police arrested an 85-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run collision after the victim’s husband, Rod Richardson, found the vehicle believed to have been involved and notified authorities.

Tashiro Isa of Corona was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, according to the Corona Police Department.

According to online reports, Richardson said he found the car on Friday afternoon in the 900 block of Rebecca Way in Corona and notified police.

Investigators confirmed the recovery of the involved vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, as well as the arrest of its owner, on Friday night.

“While officers were investigating the car, they found the driver, 85-year-old Tashiro Isa of Corona,” police said in an online tweet.

Information regarding Tashiro’s bail amount and initial court appearance was not available.

Brenda Richardson was riding a motorcycle when the Lexus turned left in front of her, into her path of travel, Corona police said at the time. The car that struck her sped away.

The victim leaves behind eight children, as well as a son-in-law and future daughter-in-law who she counted among her own, loved ones said on a memorial page set up in tribute to the victim. The web page had garnered more than $3,500 in donations to support the family as of Friday evening.

Brenda Richardson was known to friends as “Pinky,” “not only because she loves the color Pink, but because she used her pinky as to wave at passing motorcycles,” according to the memorial page.

“She was a very proud Navy veteran, who took pride in serving our country just as many of her family members did and one of her daughters currently does,” the statement continued. “She was a beautiful soul who made her life mission to make sure everyone she knew were cared for and knew they were loved.”

Officers arrested Isa on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Gardner at 951-817-5784.

Four Dies In Plane Crash Near Corona Airport

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Corona on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

Staff Reports

          Corona – Four people died when a plane crashed after taking off from the Corona Municipal Airport wednesday, Jan. 22. The plane reportedly caught fire after it crashed.

          Around 12:10 p.m., the single-engine aircraft carrying four people was departing the airport, which is located at 1900 Aviation Drive, when it crashed at the end of the runway, according to John DeYoe of the Corona Fire Department.

          The plane had a full 80-gallon fuel tank, which spilled and ignited a fire that spread to nearby brush, DeYoe said.

          First responders arrived at the scene and found the small aircraft engulfed in flames on the airport’s east side, according to the Corona Police Department.

          The blaze burned about a quarter-acre before firefighters knocked it down.

After extinguishing the flames, authorities discovered the plane’s four occupants dead; all were found to have “extensive” burn injuries, DeYoe said.

          He did not have any information about the victims, including genders or ages. The coroner’s office has responded to the scene.

          Local pilots told KTLA the plane had stopped at the airport to refuel.

It was not immediately known what caused the crash, but one witness told KTLA that issues were evident during takeoff.

          A witness, Dorothe Voll saw the aircraft hit a fence and flip over before smoke started pouring out. People immediately ran over with the extinguishers to try and put out the flames before firefighters arrived minutes later.

          The charred wreckage was visible in a brushy area just off an airport runway, Sky5 aerial video showed. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed the plane was destroyed in the crash.

          He said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, online reports said.

Crime Recap January

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – In January, several crime incidents took place in Eastvale and Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: January 26, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, about 7:34 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision at River Road cross of Baron Road, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, a small compact vehicle was located in the embankment area of the Santa Ana River. The vehicle was occupied by a single male adult.  The male occupant sustained major injury and was transported to a local hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling southbound on River Road when the vehicle struck a curb and launched into the embankment at Baron Road. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Shamhart at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at //www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Robbery

WHEN: January 23, 2020

WHERE: 13000 block of Limonite Ave, Eastvale

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11:15 AM, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a strong-arm robbery at the CareMore Pharmacy, located in the 13000 block of Limonite Ave in the city of Eastvale.  Initial reports indicated an unknown white male adult entered the business and walked toward the cashier counter demanding money from the register, while holding one hand behind his back. The suspect fled with money taken form the cash register concealing it in a black bag.

Deputies arrived and established a perimeter around the area and searched for the suspect, but they did not locate him.  During the ongoing investigation, in collaboration with the Riverside Police Department, information was obtained that identified the suspect as 40-year old Haissam Massalkhy from Pomona who is currently on Parole. 

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Deputies from the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team conducted a follow up investigation. They arrested Massalkhy, retrieved items of clothing that were worn during the incident, and charged him with robbery.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Hughes at (951) 955-2600

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: January 15, 2020

WHERE: 4900 Block of Viceroy Avenue, Norco

On January 15, 2029 at 5:15 P.M., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the location for an unknown subject inside of the victim’s garage. The subject fled the residence on foot, prior to deputy arrival. The family at the location provided vital identifying information and location of the suspect. Deputies contacted the subject near the Nature Center. He was reluctant to provide his name to the arresting deputies. Evidence of a burglary was located on the subject and he was consequently arrested. He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Burglary and Impeding an Investigation.

The subject was initially booked as a John Doe, but through the booking process was identified as Nathan Ahern, 40 years-old WMA and transient from the City of Riverside. Ahern was also wanted for two Felony Warrants out of Los Angeles County for Arson. He is being held without Bail.

Anybody with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Whittenburg at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Norco Station at 951-270-5673

INCIDENT: Robbery Arrest

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 3000 Block of Shadow Canyon Circle, Norco

On January 11, 2020, at 11:15 P.M., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the 3000 block of Shadow Canyon Circle, Norco, in reference to a burglary in progress. The victim awoke to noises inside his residence and located two unknown Hispanic Male Adults inside his spare bedroom attempting to take property. The victim confronted the suspects and an altercation occurred causing the victim to sustain minor injuries.

The suspects managed to get away from the victim and escape through a bedroom window, leaving behind several items. Th Riverside County Sheriff’s Forensics Team responded to process the scene that evening.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station’s Special Enforcement Team continued with the investigation. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, crucial identifying information was obtained from Forensics which identified, Alberto Jose Cruz Perez, a 19-year-old male, resident of Inglewood, as one of the suspects. After an extensive search for Cruz, he was located and detained in the City of Riverside on February 5, 2020.

Alberto Jose Cruz was consequently placed under arrest for Robbery and booked into the Robert Presely Detention Center where he is being held on $35,000 bail.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anybody with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy J. Kehrier at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Norco Station at 951-270-5673

INCIDENT: Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 6200 Block of Bay Street, Eastvale

On January 11, 2020, at 11:32 pm, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to the 6200 block of Bay Street regarding a man firing a gun outside.  Deputies located the male suspect, identified as 31-year-old Eastvale resident, Jorge M. Lopez, on the street and arrested him. No injuries were reported by residents in the area.  Deputies served a search warrant at Lopez’s residence and located four firearms.  Lopez was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Linfoot #3786 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600

Crime Recap December

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several crime incidents took place in Eastvale and Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Mail Theft / Arrest

WHEN: December 27, 2019  

WHERE: 5th Street and Hillside Avenue, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Tony Basenback Jr.

On December 27, at about11:27 AM deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the area of 5th Street near the intersection with Hillside Avenue to investigate a report of a man and woman stealing mail from residential mailboxes in the area. Deputies were able to contact the suspects and identify them as Marlene Cambara, a 39-year-old, Hispanic female, who is resident in the Corona area; and, Tony Basenback Jr., a 24-year-old, White male adult, who is resident in the Riverside area. Witnesses identified both suspects as the persons spotted stealing mail in the area.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Marlene Cambara

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention center for charges related to the theft. Both suspects are being held on $10,000 bail.  Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy S. Lycopolus at 951-270-5673.

INCIDENT: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

WHEN: December 21, 2019  

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 21. The checkpoint was on Limonite Avenue and Cloverdale Marketplace, in Eastvale between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. During the checkpoint operation a total of 866 vehicles were screened resulting in the following:

  • 1 – Driver was arrested for driving under the influence
  • 14 – Drivers were cited / arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended / revoked license.
  • 6 vehicles towed

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station (Eastvale) investigated 9 DUI collisions which claimed 1 life and resulted in another 6 injuries.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: December 16, 2019  

WHERE: Archibald Avenue cross of Baron Road, Eastvale 

On December 16, at about 5:23 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries. The male was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and stayed on scene for the investigation. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.         

INCIDENT: Forgery / Arrest

WHEN: December 9, 2019

WHERE: 2400 block of River Road, Norco

On December 9, 2019, about 10:12 PM, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Norco station responded to a business located in the City of Norco to investigate a report of a forgery. The investigation revealed video showing suspect, 30-year-old Giana Bruneio, resident of the city of Pomona, enter the business. Bruneio attempted to use a fraudulently altered Coinstar receipt to receive more cash than the receipt was worth. The video also revealed she arrived in a vehicle with an accomplice.

Members of the Norco Special Enforcement Team responded to Bruneio’s home of record in the city of Pomona where they ultimately identified her accomplice as suspect, 26-year-old Wesley Wooten, a resident of Pomona. Evidence of the crime[s] was collected at the suspects residence. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges related to the fraud. Bruneio’s bail was set at $20, 000. Wooten’s bail was set at $50,000.

INCIDENT: Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury/Elder Abuse-Arrest

WHEN: December 6, 2019

WHERE: 1700 Block of Hillside Avenue, Norco

On Friday, December 06, 2019, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station responded to a residence in the 1700 block Hillside, Norco, to investigate a reported assault. The victim reported to have been chocked and battered by a former tenant and acquaintance, who had illegally entered the victim’s residence for the purpose of stealing an automobile belonging to the victim.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Paul Stephen Otto

The victim positively identified his former tenant, a white male and 27-years of age resident of Norco, Paul Stephen Otto, as the person responsible for the crime of assault causing great bodily injury. Paul Otto fled the scene in an older silver Volvo sedan which was registered to himself. The 83-year-old victim was treated for injuries at the scene. Paul Otto was later seen in front of the Norco Station where an attempt was made to detain him. Paul Otto fled south on Hamner Avenue, at a high rate of speed in the Volvo. Paul Otto evaded deputies and caused a traffic collision at the intersection of Hamner Avenue and First Street. Neither party involved in the traffic collision sustained any injuries.

As a result of the collision, Paul Otto damaged his vehicle deeming it inoperable. The vehicle came to a stop on Hamner Avenue south of First Street. Paul Otto was taken into custody without incident and transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance prior to booking.

He was medically cleared and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on $300,000 bail.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Lycopolus at (951) 270-5673.

Traffic Codes During The Holidays

Staff Reports

Know your traffic violations during this upcoming holiday season to avoid getting a ticket. There are no exceptions except for emergency situations. If you violate these laws be prepared for a hefty fine.

Unattended Child in Vehicle: A parent, legal guardian, or other person responsible for a child who is 6 years of age or younger may not leave that child inside a motor vehicle without being subject to the supervision of a person who is 12 years of age or older. CVC 15620(a), 22516

Disabled Parking: Unless a vehicle displays a disabled license plate or placard, you may not park in parking spaces designated for the disabled by blue lines or signs, nor in the cross-hatched area adjacent to them. CVC 22507.8

No U-Turn Sign: It is unlawful for a driver of a vehicle to fail to obey a sign or signal. CVC 21461 (a)

No Parking Signs: You may not stop or park your vehicle, whether occupied or not, except while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers. CVC 463, 22505, 22506, 22507

Passing a Stopped School Bus: When approaching a school bus, from either direction, that is stopped for the loading or unloading of school children, and which displays a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, you must immediately stop and shall not proceed until the flashing red light and stop arm cease operation. CVC 22454 (a)

U-Turn in Residential District: You shall not make a U-Turn in a residential district when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction within 200 feet, except at an intersection when the approaching vehicle is controlled by an official traffic control device. CVC 22103

Impeding Traffic: You may not drive your vehicle upon a highway at a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. Please do not unload your children from the traffic lane and allow them to walk between vehicles in motion . CVC 22400 (a)

Double Parking / Unlawful Curb Parking: You may not park on the street adjacent to another parked vehicle. Vehicles parked must be within 18” from the curb. CVC 22500 (h) , CVC 22502

(a) Red Curbs: No Stopping, standing, or parking, whether the vehicle is attended or unattended. CVC 21458 (a) (1)

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Over the last month, several crime incidents took place in Eastvale and Norco.  See the list below of crime in the last month, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault of a Minor

WHEN: September 18, 2019

WHERE: 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Eastvale  

On September 18, a School Resource Officer and Administrators at Centennial High School located in the City of Corona were notified of a sexual assault involving a 16-year-old female student. Based on preliminary information, the assault appeared to have occurred within the city limits of Eastvale. Deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to the high school and contacted the victim. Due to the nature of this incident, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station assumed the investigation.

Jay Myungbae Kim
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

The investigation revealed on September 18, Jay Myungbae Kim, 23-year-old resident of Eastvale, communicated with the victim using a social media application. Kim drove a white 2017 Honda Accord, license plate #7UZV740, to the area of Rimpau Avenue and Olympic Drive, located in the City of Corona and picked up the victim after school. Kim drove to his residence, located in the 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Eastvale. While at his residence, Kim sexually assaulted the victim. After the assault, Kim drove the victim back to Centennial High School and dropped her off.

On September 25, investigators conducted an undercover operation and located Kim near Centennial High School. A search warrant was served at Kim’s residence and he was ultimately booked into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault related charges and his bail was set at $500,000.00.        

Based on this investigation, it is believed Kim might have communicated with other underage females via social media applications. This investigation is still active and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Investigator Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-0952.  

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Identity Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

WHEN: September 16, 2019

WHERE: 1900 block of Norco Dr., Norco

On Monday, September 16, around 3:08 pm, deputies responded to the 1900 block of Norco Dr., Norco, in reference to a residential burglary investigation. The residents arrived home and reported that the residence had been forced into and several items were taken. Surveillance video was captured of the suspects as they left the residence. The Norco Special Enforcement Team took over the investigation.

Deputies learned that the suspects had utilized several credit cards belonging to the victim in the city of Fontana. After reviewing surveillance video, deputies followed up with suspect leads that led them to a residence located in the 2300 block of Orange St., Riverside.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and on Thursday, September 19, 2019, deputies served the search warrant. Three suspects were arrested and during a search, deputies located the victims’ stolen property from the burglary and an altered sawed off shotgun.

The following suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center:

Justin Sorg, a 35-year-old male resident of Riverside, Leopoldo Lopez, a 30-year-old male resident of Riverside, and Raelynn Kruse, a 40-year-old female resident of Riverside.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Deputy Kehrier at (951) 270-5673 at the Norco Sheriff’s Station. 

INCIDENT: Child Pornography/Illegal Marijuana Grow 

WHEN: September 12, 2019

WHERE: 7000 Block of Canterwood Court, Eastvale

Bryan James Green
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

On Thursday, September 12, about 7 AM, members of the Riverside County SAFE/ICAC Task Force (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement/Internet Crimes Against Children) and members of the Region-7 Gang Task Force conducted a joint operation regarding the service of a search warrant at a residence in the 7000 Block of Canterwood Court in the City of Eastvale. The search warrant stemmed from a lengthy investigation regarding the on-line sexual exploitation of children. Task force officers contacted the single occupant and renter inside the residence. He was identified as 45-year-old Eastvale resident, Bryan James Green. Task force officers determined Green was in possession of child sexual abuse images. Task force officers also discovered an indoor illegal marijuana grow operation with approximately 400 plants in various stages of growth. The plants have an estimated street value of $80,000. Task force officers also discovered electricity was being illegally bypassed with an estimated utility theft of $ 120,000. Members of the Eastvale Community Enhancement Safety Team (CEST) were also summoned to assist in the investigation.  

Green was later booked in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center and booked into custody for the following charges:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Possession of an illegal marijuana grow
  • Felony theft of utilities

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Rich Boyd with the SAFE/ICAC Task Force at (951) 955-5486 or Corporal James Herington with the Region-7 Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2460.

INCIDENT: Theft of a Community Mailbox 

WHEN: September 5, 2019

WHERE: Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, Eastvale 

David Avila
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

On Thursday, September 5, a deputy assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, in the City of Eastvale regarding a theft of a community mailbox. The suspects involved in this theft removed the entire community mailbox from the ground and fled the location. A citizen within the Eastvale community provided video surveillance, which captured images of the suspects and the vehicle used during the commission of this crime. 

Investigators assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station and deputies assigned to the Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, a search warrant was written for a residence and a vehicle located in the 5800 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, also known as Swan Lake. Several pieces of stolen mail and other items linking the suspects to the theft were located during the service of this search warrant.

Nadia Gomez-Nunez
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

Nadia Gomez-Nunez, 41-years-old, and David Avila, 31-years-old, both residents of Eastvale, were ultimately arrested for grand theft, conspiracy, mail theft and other applicable charges.

There are times when homeowners are not aware their mail has been stolen. The Eastvale Police Department encourages homeowners to visit the United States Postal Service website at www.USPS.com and enroll in the United States Postal Service’s Informed Delivery in an effort to protect their mail.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at (951) 955-2600 at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. 

INCIDENT: Shooting Investigation

WHEN: August 27, 2019

WHERE: 6500 block of Gladiola Street, Eastvale

On August 27, at 11:25 a.m. Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a report of a shooting near the 6500 block of Gladiola Street in the city Eastvale. Several reporting parties called to report the shooting and that two males were hiding in a front yard. Deputies responded and the suspects fled on foot into several backyards. A Riverside County Sheriff’s police service dog was utilized to find the suspects who were taken into custody. Numerous items of stolen property were recovered in area of the suspects to include a handgun. Deputies investigating the scene located several vehicles that were struck by gunfire and numerous spent shell casings were recovered in the street, sidewalks and yards.

At this point in the investigation, there are no outstanding victims or suspects and there is no threat to the public.

Bryce Anthony McDonald
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

Bryce Anthony Mcdonald, a Black male adult, 18 years old, a resident of Corona, was arrested at the scene for possession of stolen property, obstructing a peace officer and burglary.

The 15-year-old black male, resident of Corona, was booked into Juvenile Hall

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy C. Johnson at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

Norco High Prepares For Active Shooter

Police officials partnered with CNUSD to conduct an Active Shooting Training at Norco High School.

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Staff Reports

Norco– On Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25, an Active Shooter Training took place at Norco High School. Jurupa Valley Station patrol and investigative personnel partnered with the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) to prepare and create a plan of action if an active shooter was ever on campus.

“The Jurupa Valley Station and the Corona-Norco Unified School District are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and community,” stated a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The Jurupa Valley Station Training Unit, School Resource Officer Unit, and Special Enforcement Team facilitated the 4-day training which consisted of “realistic, close-range, lethal and non-lethal scenarios simulating an active shooter event,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Under simulated stress, the scenarios created a positive training environment and helped department members strengthen the critical skills needed to respond to and effectively operate during such an event.”

The Jurupa Valley Station issued a statement to thank the following allied entities for their participation in the 4-day training: Riverside Community College District Police Department (Norco College), Perris Station, Robert Presley Detention Center, Smith Correctional Facility, and the Norco High School administrative staff.  

In addition, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said, “anyone making threats or reports of violence against any of [the CNUSD] schools will be thoroughly investigated and held accountable for their actions.”

For questions, concerns, or additional information, please contact Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Officer Supervisor, Sergeant Edward Soto, at (951) 955-2600.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Crime Recap July

Courtesy: RUSD
Ismael Lopez

Inland Empire – Last month, several crime incidents took place in the surrounding area.  See a below of crime in the month of July.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic collision

WHEN: July 4, 2019

WHERE: Sixth Street cross of Temescal Avenue, Norco

On July 4, at about 9:16 p.m., deputies responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision off Sixth Street cross of Temescal Avenue in the city of Norco. 

An investigation revealed a “Chevrolet El Camino was traveling southbound on Temescal Avenue at a high rate of speed,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “The vehicle struck a Toyota Tundra in the intersection, which was traveling westbound on Sixth Street. The force of impact caused the Toyota Tundra to flip onto its roof and slide across the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on the southwest portion of the intersection into the oncoming lanes of traffic.”

The driver of the vehicle, a 44-year-old male from Norco, was found trapped and unresponsive on scene. When Cal Fire and American Medical Response arrived to the scene, they pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.  The sole occupant of the Toyota Tundra was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Murphy at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report any criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.     

Courtesy: RUSD

INCIDENT: Fourth of July 2019 Fireworks Enforcement Operation

WHEN: July 4, 2019

WHERE: City of Eastvale

The Eastvale Police Department, in conjunction with City of Eastvale Code Enforcement, Riverside County Fire, and Riverside County Animal Control, developed response plans to educate the public and to enforce all laws related to the illegal use and possession of fireworks within the city limits. 

On July 4, 2019, a proactive operation was conducted on 4th of July at 5 PM and ended on July 5, 2019, at 2:00 AM to combat the illegal use of fireworks in the City of Eastvale.  The following information was reported:

  • Deputies responded to 31 calls for service related to fireworks that were received through the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s on-line reporting site. 
  • A total of 14 citations were given to subjects in violation of the Eastvale Municipal Code which prohibits the possession and discharging of fireworks within the city limits. 
  • Approximately 100 pounds of unused fireworks were confiscated and collected by the Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team for destruction.    

The Eastvale Police Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County and the City of Eastvale.  They also would like to encourage the reporting of the illegal use and possession of fireworks by calling the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 951-800-950-2444 or through the online reporting on the Sheriff’s Department webpage.

INCIDENT: Telephone Scam

WHERE: Throughout Riverside County

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement regarding an increase in reports of a specific telephone “scam.” The “scam” is described below:

Victims are being called by persons identifying themselves as “agents” of the Social Security Administration. These fictitious “agents” then advise the victim of felonious activity associated with their social security number. The victim is then directed to post a monetary “bond” to prevent an arrest warrant from being issued.

Frequently, victims report that significant lengths are gone through to “establish” the caller’s credibility. In several cases the caller requested a contact number for the local law enforcement agency where the victim lives. The agent directs the victim to wait for a call from the local law enforcement agency. The victim receives a call from a Caller ID identified number naming the local law enforcement agency. The person on the phone identifies themselves as an officer with the local agency, who then directs the victim to comply with the “agent” when called again.  The fictitious agent calls back then threatens the victim with a felony arrest warrant unless a ‘bond” is posted.

The fictitious “agent” advises the bond can be most conveniently taken care of with a Google Play, Apple Pay, Target Gift, Walmart gift, or other commercial gift/payment card.  Once purchased, the victim is directed to read off the coded numbers on the back of the cards to the agent, completing payment of the “bond.” The public should be aware that no police or government agency will ask for or accept a store gift card for payment of a lawful, legitimate fine or fee.

This type of scam has several variations. In addition to callers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration, the IRS, out-of-state police agencies, and other government agencies have also been falsely represented. The consistent theme is the victim is directed to submit the “gift card bond.” The victim is told the “bond” will be refunded when the criminal issue is resolved. Since the cards are purchased then provided to the fictitious agents, there is no mechanism for reimbursing the victim. Similar scams have the victim going directly to the bank for withdrawals.

Anyone wishing to report this type of crime is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Telephone Reporting Unit by calling (951) 776-1099.

Crime Recap June

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner,
Pictured is Kyle Kammers

A recap of crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, crime was limited in Eastvale and Corona, but there were a few cases in Norco.  Below is a list of the crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft / Residential Burglary

WHEN: June 3, 2019

WHERE: 2000 Block Mountain Avenue Norco

On June 3, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a call of grand theft at the 2100 block of Hamner Ave in Norco.  The suspect fled the scene to a residence in the 2000 block of Mountain Ave., in Norco. 

“Entry was made to the residence and the subject was apprehended inside the residence,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner’s office.  The suspect was later identified as Rafael Murrillo Quezada, 21 of San Bernardino.  Quezada was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  The property and currency that was stolen from the residence was recovered. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Monzon at (951) 270-5673

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault Investigation

WHEN: June 20, 2019

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Middle College High School, Norco

A May 2019 investigation led to the recent arrest of Kyle Kammers, 33 of Riverside, who was a school employee at John F. Kennedy High School.  The investigation began in May 2019 when school administrators from the Corona-Norco Unified School District informed law enforcement of a possible inappropriate relationship between Kammers and a seventeen-year-old female student. 

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigators determined that Kammers and the student first interacted with each other at the school and communicated through text messaging, along with other social media platforms. “During some of their interactions, it was alleged Kammers started a sexual relationship with the student and received multiple inappropriate photographs of the minor,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office.

On June 20, a search warrant was served at Kammers residence, located in the 3300 block of July Drive, and Kammers was taken into custody.  Kammers was booked and transported into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault against a minor, in addition to various crimes.

However, this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Patrick at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-9234. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Riverside Police & Fire to Assist in Upcoming Summer S.T.E.M. Academy for Local High School Students

Riverside Stem Police

Photo Courtesy: InlandEmpire.US

Courtesy InlandEmpire.US

Last week, the Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) announced an interactive program that will immerse 140 Riverside high school students in the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LEAPS). This program will provide intensive, hands-on STEM training through experiential learning. It will also focus on Police and Fire Department careers during the week of July 15 -19, 2019. Two groups of 70 pre-selected students will spend the week with the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Fire Department. Members of Police and Fire will provide instruction and hands-on training to students in various areas where STEM concepts are applied within public safety. At the completion of the week, students will develop and present their innovative STEM LEAPS projects during the design challenge competition.

The program curriculum will include:

  • Simulated detection and neutralization of bombs and hazardous materials
  • Application of scientific methods to manage, collect and analyze crime scene data including fingerprints and blood samples
  • Arson/Fire Investigation
  • Vehicle Extrication & Jaws of Life demonstration
  • Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation
  • Construction and coding of robots
  • Developing mobile apps to assist in emergency situations
  • Crime scene forensic analysis
  • Paramedic & Critical Care Transport – American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Hands Only CPR

“A major goal for the STEM LEAPS Learning Labs is that many more of our local students will graduate from college with STEM degrees and then be employed by the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Fire Department, and other local law enforcement and public safety organizations,” said Gordon Bourns, Chairman and CEO of Bourns, Inc.

Sheriff’s Fourth of July 2019 Fireworks Enforcement Operation

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Eastvale- In response to the illegal use of fireworks, the Eastvale Police Department, in conjunction with City of Eastvale Code Enforcement, Riverside County Fire, and Riverside County Animal Control, developed response plans to educate the public and to enforce all laws related to the illegal use and possession of fireworks within the city limits. 

Beginning in June 2019, the Eastvale Police Department launched an educational campaign to curtail the use of illegal fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.  This campaign included video Public Service Announcements, Social Media Outreach, and press releases.  The goal was to decrease calls for service, injuries to the public, and property damage caused by the illegal use of fireworks.

On July 4, 2019, these agencies participated in a proactive operation to combat the illegal use of fireworks in the City of Eastvale.  This operation began on 4th of July at 17:00 PM and ended on July 5, 2019, at 2:00 AM.

  • Deputies responded to 31 calls for service related to fireworks that were received through the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s on-line reporting site. 
  • A total of 14 citations were given to subjects in violation of the Eastvale Municipal Code which prohibits the possession and discharging of fireworks within the city limits. 
  • Approximately 100 pounds of unused fireworks were confiscated and collected by the Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team for destruction.    
Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Dept.

The Eastvale Police Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County and the City of Eastvale.  We would also like to encourage the reporting of the illegal use and possession of fireworks by calling our Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 951-800-950-2444 or through our online reporting on the Sheriff’s Department webpage.

Area Crime Recap: May 2019

Staff Reports

Riverside County – Several crimes have occurred in Eastvale and Norco, but our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping our community safe.  Below is a recap of crimes and suspects apprehended in the month of May. 

INCIDENT: School Threats Investigation

WHEN: May 30, 2019

WHERE: Norco High School, 2065 Temescal Avenue, Norco

On Thursday, May 30, at approximately 8:51 p.m., the Norco Sheriff’s Office received a report of a school violence related threat towards Norco High School via social media.

After an investigation took place, a suspect was identified as a 15-year old ninth grade boy, who was “detained, arrested, and booked into juvenile hall on terrorist threats charges. The investigation revealed the threats were not credible,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  See page 1 for more information.

INCIDENT: Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

WHEN: May 30, 2019

WHERE: 68th Street cross of Tarah Street, Eastvale 

On Thursday, May 30, a 15-year-old Eastvale resident, Anthony Gaitan, was killed after a hit and run incident at around 2:40 a.m.

Witnesses told Police Officers that they saw a dark colored 4-door sedan hit the 15-year-old juvenile. Then, the driver of the vehicle fled eastbound on 68th Street without stopping and assisting the juvenile, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  See page 1 for more information.

INCIDENT: Felon in Possession of a Firearm

WHEN: May 11, 2019

WHERE: 12600 block of Limonite Avenue, Eastvale

Martin Florez Jr., 25 of Eastvale

On May 11, Eastvale Police Officers arrested Martin Flores Jr., 25 of Eastvale, for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place.  At approximately 3:12 p.m., Eastvale PD responded to a report of an armed suspect in a shopping center parking lot.  The bystander who reported the incident said he saw a pistol tucked in the suspect’s waistband.  Flores then entered an SUV and headed toward an exit in the shopping center.  However, Eastvale PD arrived on scene quickly and conducted a traffic stop for the vehicle.  “The suspect was taken into custody without incident and officers recovered a loaded pistol from underneath the seat of the SUV,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner. 

Flores was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Possession of a Firearm in a Public Place, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition and Altering a Firearm’s Serial Number.  Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Roach at the Eastvale Police Department (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

INCIDENT: Counterfeiting

WHEN: May 8, 2019

WHERE: 4100 Block Old Hamner Road, Norco

On May 8, deputies of the Norco Special Enforcement Team (SET) arrested Kevin Anthony Galvan, of Norco.  Since Galvan was on Riverside County Probation for Burglary, Norco SET conducted a probation compliance check at his residence.  Upon the visit, Norco SET discovered Galvan was in possession of counterfeiting equipment, including counterfeit bills.

“Galvan was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the felony warrants with additional charges of counterfeiting,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.  If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Deputy Faucher with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Norco Station at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: Indecent Exposure Suspect Arrested

WHEN: May 2, 2019

WHERE: 14000 block of Schleisman Avenue, Eastvale

Ricardo Anthony Aguirre Vazquez, 29 of Eastvale

On May 2, Eastvale Police Officers arrested Ricardo Anthony Aguirre Vazquez, 29 of Eastvale, for indecent exposure.  At approximately 6:05 p.m., Eastvale Police Department officers responded to a call at a coffee shop located off Schleisman Avenue.  A witness reported that Vazquez was “sitting alone at one of the tables, fully exposed and fondling himself, as several customers entered and exited the business,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.  When Eastvale Police Officers arrived to the coffee shop, Vazquez was still engaged in the activity so officers took him into custody without incident. 

Vazquez was later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges related to felony indecent exposure.  Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Arredondo at the Eastvale Police Department (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.