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Chino residents arrested for Identity Theft

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Chino- On December 7, two City of Chino residents were arrested after the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department compiled a comprehensive investigation that which produced several search warrants, identified countless victims of identity theft, cleared several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Rancho Cucamonga.


The two suspects were identified as William Hernandez, 41-years-old, and Stephanie Romesuspect2ro, 33-years-old who were both residents of Chino.


Deputy Torres of the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department began her investigation after reports of several vehicle burglaries were happening in the parking lots of the Rancho Cucamonga 24 Hour Fitness.  The team of deputies and Deputy Torres were assigned to the Victoria Gardens Retail Theft Team where they found Hernandez and Romero as possible suspects.


Detective Bureau and Deputy Torres together coordinated a takedown operation that led to the arrest of both Chino residents. The arrest led to a continued investigation with the help of other detectives and deputes, additional warrants were placed in the City of Chino and Santa Fe Springs.


According to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, “The search warrants exposed a comprehensive identity theft operation that Hernandez and Romero spearheaded. Thousands of dollars of fraudulently purchased property was located, along with hundreds of stolen access cards, stolen identification cards, personal documents and mail containing the information of hundreds of victims.”


Deputy Torres is working on locating every identity theft victim so their personal property may be returned, so she may obtain interviews and file additional charges to solidify her case with the District Attorney’s Office.


Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at (909) 477-2800. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may also leave information on the We-Tip website at http://www.wetip.com

Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

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San Bernardino – Investigators of the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force (SBCHTTF) recently closed an investigation regarding the sexual exploitation of a minor by arresting Marquell Deante Stewart, or better known by his street name, “Kell the King.”

Investigators concluded that multiple female victims, who are minors, were forced into work by Stewart. The victims were forced to work in the areas of San Bernardino and Pomona. Stewart is being charged with multiple counts of pimping, pandering, sexual exploitation of a minor and human trafficking.

The SBCHTTFs mission is to expedite those committing crimes in human trafficking and to bring them to justice. They also plan to advance their work in the search and rescue of victims involved in human trafficking. Investigators have recognized that many of the suspects linked to sex trafficking are actually victims forced into the lifestyle. In recent years, law enforcement has provided victims with, along with traditional measures, more information, direction and resources to free themselves from the physical and psychological abuse related to sexual trafficking.

Law enforcement encourages anyone with information on this case or any other to contact Deputy Vanessa Lopez or Investigator Jose Guzman at 909-890-4840. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the “We Tip Hotline” at 800-782-7463 or go online at http://www.wetip.com

Parents Arrested For Child Cruelty

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San Bernardino County- There were ongoing incidents and an investigation between September 11 and September 14, after deputies were dispatched on a report of a domestic disturbance case in the 14400 block of Columbia Street in the City of Adelanto.

The Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department assigned Deputy Lauren Abernathy on the incident and in her investigation found that an incident occurred between a male and female who were also parents at the residence. The male was identified as 31 year-old Hilario Hernandez who had left the residence before deputies arrived.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, “the investigation revealed Hilario Hernandez had assaulted one of the children in the home and threatened to kill all the children and the female.” Deputies searched the area and were unsuccessful in trying to locate Hernandez.

On September 12, Deputy Abernathy followed up with the assaulted child to confirm the child had received medical care. Also, learning that Hernandez had returned to the residence in which, deputies made an attempt to interview him. While at the residence, the deputies encountered an uncooperative female identified as Teaira Palomares. Hernandez returned to the residence during this time and was arrested. SBCSD states, “The children were placed in temporary care homes by Children & Family Services.

Both, Hernandez and Palomares were arrested and then booked into the High Desert Detention Center. Hernandez was placed at a $25,000 bail, and Palomares was placed at a $100,000 bail.

The Victorville District Attorney’s Officed filed 3 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to a child against both Hernandez and Palomares on September 14 as well as an additional charge against Palomares for intimidating a witness.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, you are urged to contact the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6801. If you wish to remain anonymous, you are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at http://www.wetip.com

Hit and Run kills Bicyclist

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Rancho Cucamonga- On August 19, Detectives of the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s Station attempted to serve a warrant for a domestic case that involved a man named Eric Tafoya.

The detectives believed Tafoya would visit a relative’s home at the 11000 block of Benton Ct in Loma Linda. Once they arrived, they observed Tafoya leave the residence and leave in his vehicle. Detectives initiated a traffic stop, where he failed to yield to authority.

According to SBSD, “Tafoya was traveling westbound on Barton Rd. when he collided with a bicyclist, and then continued driving. He then crashed into a van and bailed out of the vehicle and fled. After some time, the detectives found the suspect in the remote area hiding inside of a shed. Tafoya had been taken into custody without any further incidents.

However, the victim/bicyclist was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. The SBSD also states, “At approximately 12:18 p.m. the victim died from the injuries sustained in the collision.”

The investigation was conducted by the Region I Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

The suspect, Eric Tafoya, was booked for Murder and the active warrant at West Valley Detention Center.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Region I Major Accident Investigation Team at (909) 918-2305. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may also leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com


3 arrested during Blue cut Fire evacuations

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Photo courtesy: SBSD

Photo courtesy: SBSD

Diamond Bar- During the Blue cut Fire on August 18, a Diamond Bar resident was one of three suspects who attempted to steal on the 8600 block of Swarthout Canyon of the San Bernardino area during the time of mandatory evacuations.

The SBSD deputies responded to suspicious activity at a home that was located within the evacuation areas. Once deputies arrived, they made contact with the suspects who had brought a flat bed truck and were attempting to leave.

The three suspects were identified as 29 year-old Riverside resident Trevor Sanchez, 27 year-old Diamond Bar resident Natasha Rovinsky, and 27 year-old  Jurupa resident Daniel Mervine. They had informed the deputy that they were picking up property for a friend that resided on that property.

According to SBSD, “Deputies made contact with the property owner who advised that he did not give anyone permission to take his property.”

The three suspects were then taken into custody without further incident and will be booked for Looting and Grand Theft Auto.

If anyone has additional information related to the suspects who were involved, you are urged to contact Sheriff’s Central Station at (909) 387-3545. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may also leave information on the WeTip Hotline at www.wetip.com


Crime Recap

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Riverside County – Thank you to our local law enforcement who have arrested several criminals in the last month. Here is a recap of the local crime in the month of June, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Corona Police Department.

Corona – On June 9, it was announced that 52 individuals were arrested and 67

firearms were seized, including assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, 314 rounds of ammunition, 1 stolen car, $48,700 in currency, 7 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of marijuana, and 10 grams of cocaine with a total street value of $1.6 million. The operation targeted criminal street gang Corona Varrio Locos and Mexican Mafia

prison gang La Eme and involved more than 300 law enforcement officers.

The Corona Varrio Locos are a criminal street gang operating in the city of Corona and surrounding areas of the Inland Empire. Corona Varrio Locos gang members are affiliated with the Sureños, a Southern California regional street gang that shows allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.

Norco – On June 9, three juveniles were arrested for burglary and conspiracy. A vehicle burglary investigation occurred on June 8 at a business parking lot, in the 1300 block of Hamner Ave., in the City of Norco.  The investigation determined the vehicle was stolen from the City of Perris.  Stolen property was recovered from a vehicle burglary that just occurred prior to the juveniles being contacted, as well as from a vehicle burglary in the City of Eastvale. One of the juveniles was

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department : Jose Serrano and Alexis Serrano were arrested last month for burglary. Crime Recap

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
: Jose Serrano and Alexis Serrano were arrested last month for burglary.
Crime Recap

also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property.

Corona – On June 9, the Corona Police Department arrested Delilah Cano, 37-year-old of Corona, for an outstanding felony warrant issued in Orange County for burglary. Corona Detectives found Cano inside a parked car in front of 1760 W. Sixth Street. Cano refused commands to exit the vehicle and barricaded herself inside the car. Negotiations continued in an attempt to have Cano surrender peacefully. Cano surrendered to Corona Special Response Team (SRT) members and was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives located a sawed off shotgun and a replica 9mm handgun inside the car. Cano was booked on the warrant in addition to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Norco – On June 25, two suspects were arrested for burglary from a business, located in the 1300 block of 6th Street, in the City of Norco. Police Officers witnessed two theft suspects fleeing the business, enter a red, 4-door Jaguar sedan, and quickly drive out of the business parking lot. The deputy pursued the Jaguar but the suspects attempted to flee on foot, eventually surrendering to the deputy. The two suspects were identified as Jose Serrano, 23, and Alexis Serrano, 18, both Riverside residents. An unidentified third suspect drove away before he could be detained. The suspects were arrested for stealing merchandise from the Norco business, but Jose Serrano was also arrested and charged with possession of drugs and Alexis Serrano was also arrested for the outstanding robbery warrant.

Corona – On June 26, a vehicle verses pedestrian collision ended in one victim becoming fatally injured. The investigation concluded that a gray Toyota Corolla driven by Timothy Herrera, 36-year-old of Buena Park, was heading westbound on W. Sixth Street and entered the intersection at Smith Street. The Toyota hit pedestrian Hugo Guzman, 34-year-old of Montebello, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jurupa Valley – Throughout the month of June, the Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded speed enforcement operation as part of its commitment to public safety. This operation was conducted at numerous locations in the city of Jurupa Valley from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., where major injury and fatal collisions have occurred. The results indicated that a total of 156 citations were made for driving above the posted speed limit in these areas. The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.