Eastvale/Norco – In the last month, there have been several crimes reports and updates to previous crimes.
Incident: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Norco Sheriff’s Sub-Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, March 3, 2023. The checkpoint was in the 1700 block of Hamner Avenue between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. During the checkpoint operation a total of 512 vehicles were screened resulting in the following:
- 3- driving under the influence arrests
- 5- driving under the influence investigations
- 9- citations for unlicensed drivers
- 3- citations for suspended license
- 5- vehicles were towed
- 1- arrested for a felony warrant
Details courtesy of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Norco Sheriff Station will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and DUI Saturation Checkpoint on Friday, February 24, 2023, from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
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’.
Incident: Hit & Run Fatal Traffic Collision
Details: On February 16, 2023, about 6:35 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a fatal hit and run collision on Sumner Ave. and 68th Street, in the city of Eastvale.
Read the story on page 1 of the Eastvale News for the full details.
Incident: Suspects involved in multiple Catalytic Converter Thefts Arrested
Details courtesy of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department: During the last few months of the year 2022, multiple Riverside County residents were victims of catalytic converter thefts where the suspects brandished a firearm at victims to discourage them from interrupting their criminal activity. Deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale Special Enforcement Team worked tirelessly and cooperatively with several neighboring law enforcement agencies to include San Bernardino County agencies in attempts to locate and arrest the suspects.
The partnership with all agencies proved to be successful on January 17, 2023. During the early morning hours, a black Dodge Challenger became involved in a high-speed vehicle pursuit through several counties. The vehicle ultimately crashed, and two juvenile suspects were arrested. Deputies searched the vehicle and located an AR-15 rifle BB gun, floor jack, reciprocating saw and saw blades.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank all the cooperating agencies who assisted in the investigation and apprehension of these suspects. It is without doubt the partnership and communication between agencies played a key role in this investigation.
As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951-776-1099 or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline by calling 909-987-5005.
Catalytic converter thefts remain a high priority for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with additional information regarding catalytic converter thefts is encouraged to contact Deputy Aguilar from the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2659.
Incident: Suspect released on bail
Details: Michael Marende was arrested for Sexual Battery in December after groping a woman in a business parking lot off Limonite Avenue. He was released from court on February 7. Official documents state he is on summary probation for 12 months, required to register as a sex offender, prohibited from being within 100 yards of 12660 Limonite Avenue in Eastvale
(local Target), and cannot relocate from California.
Eastvale Crime Facebook pages are posting updates of his whereabouts to keep the community safe. They refer to him as “two-tone” due to his hair being two colors. Many residents have commented on posts that he has followed them or made remarks to women. Community members state he resides in the Heartland Community off Scholar Way and Limonite and walks in the area often. Anyone that experiences any uncomfortable encounters with him or sees him near the Target off Limonite, should call the Police as soon as possible.
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.