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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.

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.

Eastvale Teen Killed in Hit and Run

Photo Courtesy: Mercedez Gaitan
Anthony Gaitan, 15, was killed when he was struck by a hit and run driver. Authorities are seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver.

Staff Reports

Eastvale– On Thursday, May 30, a 15-year-old Eastvale resident was killed after a hit and run incident.

At around 2:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Eastvale Police Department arrived at 68th street near Tarah Street in Eastvale.  Witnesses told Police Officers that they saw a dark colored 4-door sedan hit the 15-year-old male 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.

The juvenile had major injuries upon the Police Department’s arrival. However, despite life-saving efforts by American Medical Response personnel, the juvenile succumbed to his injuries. 

The victim was later identified as Anthony Gaitan. Many family members described Anthony as a happy kid with a gentle spirit.  “He had the biggest heart ever and always made others laugh; he always made people laugh with his funny faces,” said Mercedez Gaitan.  “He loved to skateboard and was such a character,” she continued. 

A vigil was held on Thursday evening, where many gathered to honor Anthony.  Several fundraisers were also held to help with funeral costs. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/anthony-gaitan?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmtbnr_w

Anthony’s aunt, Marta Gaitan, also spoke about Anthony’s passing.  “Our family is in shock, devastated and heartbroken. There are no words to describe what we are all going through right now as a family, to lose our precious Anthony at such a young age.”

However, upon their mourning, Marta states that their family seeks justice.  “If anyone has any information, please call your local Police Department.  If the person that committed and [is] responsible for this horrific act is reading this post, please come forward and do the right thing. Our family needs closure.”

Marta continues by thanking the community for their support.  “Thank you for your condolences and respectful, kind words of support to our family. Our precious Anthony was loved by so many,” she added.

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 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 at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

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.

Area Crime Recap: March 2019

Staff Reports

INCIDENT: MAJOR INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION

WHEN: 3/10/2019

WHERE: Limonite Ave. & Archer St., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Sunday, March 10, 2019, about 7:39 AM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to Limonite Avenue cross of Archer Street, in the city of Jurupa Valley, regarding a report of a two- vehicle traffic collision. The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles involved, a white 2013 Toyota Camry, was traveling northbound on Archer Street, stopped at the stop sign and proceeded onto Limonite Avenue directly in front of a red 2014 Ford F150 traveling eastbound Limonite Avenue. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The driver of the Toyota Camry sustained major injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment. The driver of the Ford F150 sustained only minor injuries and remained on scene after the collision to provide information to assist with the investigation. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.  This investigation is ongoing; however, it does not appear alcohol or drugs are 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 at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

INCIDENT: DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT

WHEN: 3/15/2019

WHERE: Limonite Ave. & Cloverdale Market Place, Eastvale

DETAILS: The Eastvale Police Department conducted a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Limonite Avenue and Cloverdale Market Place between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. resulting in the following:

796 Vehicles Screened

  • 2 Field Sobriety tests conducted
  • 24 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 2 Citations issued (non-license related)

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers were looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. Eastvale Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year Eastvale Police Department investigated 14 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 11 injuries.

Eastvale Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Eastvale Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

INCIDENT: ARMED ROBBERY

INCIDENT DATE: 2/27/2019

UPDATE: 3/16/2019

WHERE: 6000 block of Hamner Ave., Eastvale

UPDATE DETAILS: On Friday, March 15, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a search warrant related to this investigation was served at a residence located in the 800 block of William Street, in the City of Pomona. Ismael Cuevas, 18 years old, was identified as a suspect in this armed robbery and he was ultimately placed under arrest. At the time of his arrest, Cuevas was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic Glock 31, .357 caliber firearm. Additionally, a loaded .45 caliber Springfield XDS firearm and an AK-47 assault rifle with a 75 round drum magazine was located. Cuevas was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for first degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), and felony reckless evading.

ORIGINAL INCIDENT:  On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at approximately 3:50 a.m., officers assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the 7-11 convenient store located in the 6000 block of Hamner Avenue. Two suspects, armed with semi-automatic firearms, committed the robbery and fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Deputies apprehended one suspect, a 17 year-old Hispanic male, resident of Alhambra, near the store and recovered a loaded semi-automatic firearm.

The second suspect entered a vehicle and drove away from the area. Deputies attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The suspect drove recklessly toward Los Angeles County. Due to the suspect’s driving actions and disregard for other vehicles on the roadway, the vehicle pursuit was discontinued.  

The investigation continued and led to Los Angeles County. A search warrant was executed at a residence located in the 2900 block of West Concord Avenue, in the City of Alhambra. A 15 year-old Hispanic male, resident of Alhambra, was detained regarding the armed robbery. The 17 year-old male and 15 year-old male were ultimately booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall on robbery charges.

This investigation included members assigned to the Eastvale Police Department, the Norco Sheriff’s Office, the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Unit and the Alhambra Police Department.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Robertson at (951) 270-5673 or Investigator Contreras at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: FATAL HIT AND RUN TRAFFIC COLLISION

WHEN: 3/23/2019

WHERE: Van Buren Blvd. & Jurupa Rd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 4:36 a.m., officers assigned to the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to the area of Van Buren Blvd. just north of Jurupa Road, reference a male laying in the roadway with obvious signs of trauma. Officers arrived on scene and observed injuries to the deceased consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased by deputies on scene at 4:40 a.m.  Members of the Jurupa Valley Traffic Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation. The preliminary investigation determined the deceased was running across Van Buren Blvd from the Chevron Gas Station, when an unknown vehicle struck the victim and fled the scene. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drug impairment were a factor in this collision at this time. The Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team is currently conducting this investigation. This investigation is ongoing, and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Hallenbeck at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: FALSE IMPRISONMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

WHEN: 3/25/2019

WHERE: 6800 block of Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Monday, March 25, 2019, at approximately 2:17 a.m., officers assigned to the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to an assault at the Motel 6 located in the 6800 block of Mission Boulevard. Officers arrived and located an adult female victim at the location. The victim and the suspect, Emmett Davis, a 32 year-old resident of Chicago, Illinois, were inside a room at the Motel 6 when Davis held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted her. During the assault, the victim was able to escape out of the room, run to the front office and call 911 for help. Officers located Davis at the Motel 6. Davis was ultimately placed under arrest for false imprisonment, sexual assault, and domestic violence. He was transported and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Montanez at the Jurupa Valley Police Department at (951) 955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at (951) 776-1099.

Eastvale Area Crime Recap: November 2018

INCIDENT: GRAND THEFT INVESTIGATION AND ARREST

WHEN: 10/20/2018 (Date of theft) & 11/7/2018 (Date of arrest)

WHERE: Norco High School, 2065 Temescal Ave., Norco

DETAILS: On Monday, October 22, 2018, a Riverside County Sheriff’s school resource officer investigated a reported theft at the Norco High School campus, located at 2065 Temescal Avenue, in the City of Norco. The investigation revealed that on Saturday, October 20, 2018, about 11:13 p.m., a suspect had entered the campus and removed copper drainage lines from several air-conditioner units located on different buildings within the campus. In addition to stealing the copper, the suspect caused approximately $10,000 in damage to the units. On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, about 11:56 p.m., the suspect returned to the campus and stole additional copper lines, causing further damage to the existing air-conditioning units. Both thefts were recorded through the campus camera surveillance system, providing deputies with the suspect’s physical identifying information. On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, about 2:00 p.m., a deputy assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, contacted Timothy Wayne Arnett, age 45, a Corona resident, during a narcotics related investigation. During this subsequent investigation, Arnett was identified as the theft suspect responsible for the Norco High School incident. Based on the information collected during the investigation, Arnett was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the charge of grand theft. Anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Scott of the Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Unit, at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: ATTEMPTED MURDER

WHEN: 11/7/18

WHERE: 5800 block of Samantha Pl., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Wednesday, November 07, 2018, about 3:30 PM, members of the Region 7 Regional Gang Task Force were conducting a follow up investigation to a shooting that occurred in the 5800 Block of Samantha Place in Jurupa Valley where the victim sustained two gunshot wounds, which were non-life threatening. During the course of the investigation, Task Force Officers identified 25-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, George Ayala, a documented gang member, as the person responsible for the shooting. Further investigation also revealed Ayala was involved in an unrelated armed car-jacking, which occurred on Saturday, November 03, 2018, and for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, which occurred on Wednesday, November 07, 2018. Both unrelated incidents occurred in the Jurupa Valley area. Ayala was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges:  Attempted Murder with a Firearm, Armed Carjacking, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Criminal Street Gang Membership. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Riverside County Probation. Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.  

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION

INCIDENT UPDATE: 11/9/2018

ORIGINAL INCIDENT: 10/23/2018

WHERE: Van Buren Blvd & 56th St., Jurupa Valley

UPDATE: On Friday, November 9, 2018, George Ponce, of Jurupa Valley, was discharged from Riverside Community Hospital, where he had been treated for injuries sustained from the fatal traffic collision on October 23, 2018. George Ponce was immediately arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of 191.5 (a) P.C. (Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated).

ORIGINAL INCIDENT DETAILS: On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, about 11:45 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a report of a major traffic collision on Van Buren Boulevard, south of 56th Street, Jurupa Valley. Upon arriving, officers located a traffic collision involving four vehicles. The preliminary investigation identified a single occupant vehicle was traveling northbound on Van Buren Boulevard and attempted to make a westbound turn onto 56th Street. The driver failed to negotiate the turn and traveled into southbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard and collided with the vehicle occupied by four individuals.  All four individuals were pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel on scene. Two additional vehicles traveling southbound sustained minor vehicle damage only attempting to avoid the collision. The driver who caused the collision sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this traffic collision.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation. The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information regarding this fatal traffic collision 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 at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION

WHEN: 11/10/18

WHERE: Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside

DETAILS: On Saturday, November 10, 2018, about 10:29 P.M., deputies assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center located an adult male Hispanic unresponsive within his cell in a housing area of the facility. Deputies and medical personnel in the jail, initiated life-saving measures and the male Hispanic inmate was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.  The identification of the victim will not be released at this time pending notification of family.  There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Medina of the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: FALSE BOMB REPORT/ SCHOOL THREATS INVESTIGATION AND ARREST

WHEN: August 2018- 11/14/18

WHERE:  Norco High School, Norco

DETAILS: Starting in August 2018 and spanning several months, the Norco Sheriff’s Office, received several school violence related threats from an unidentified suspect. The threats were directed toward Norco High School, located at 2065 Temescal Avenue, in the city of Norco. In each instance, the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school and conducted thorough safety sweeps to ensure the safety of students and faculty. The threats resulted in tying up Sheriff’s resources, delaying school schedules, as well as greatly inconveniencing students, faculty, and parents. The threats were determined not to be credible. The investigation was assumed by the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, who spent several months tracking down leads in an attempt to identify and locate the suspect. On Thursday, November 8, the Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Officer, assigned to Norco High School, developed information that led to the suspect’s identity and residence location. On Monday, November 12, deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Unit, the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, and the Department’s Special Investigation Bureau, served a search warrant at a residence, located in the City of Corona. During the service of the warrant, deputies were able detain the suspect, identified as a male juvenile, in addition to recovering evidence related to the crime. The investigation revealed the threats were not credible. The suspect was subsequently arrested for making false bomb reports and transported to the Norco Sheriff’s Office for processing.  The Norco Sheriff’s Office and Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Unit, in our partnership with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, is committed to the safety of all our students and school faculty. Anyone making bomb threats, threats or reports of violence against any of our schools, students, or to our community, will be thoroughly investigated and held accountable for their actions. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Jeff Scott or Matt Faucher, at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: MANUFACTURED DANGEROUS WEAPONS

WHEN: 11/16/18

WHERE: 5400 Block of 34th St., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Friday, November 16, 2018, about 10:35 AM, members of the Region 7 Regional Gang Task Force conducted a license plate inquiry on a pick-up truck in the 5400 Block of 34th Street, Jurupa Valley. The pick-up truck returned stolen out of the City of Riverside. During the course of their investigation, Task Force Officers identified 35-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, Andy Acuna, as the person in possession of the stolen pick-up truck. Acuna is a self-admitted Criminal Street Gang Associate. With Acuna was 27-year old Jurupa Valley resident, Kayla Webb. Webb was identified as being on Post Release Community Supervision (P.R.C.S.) Further investigation revealed Acuna was in possession of two Manufactured Dangerous Weapons. Both weapons, the “Zip-Gun” also known as a “Slam-Fired Shotgun” and the “Cane-Gun” were both loaded and fully operable. Both Acuna and Webb were arrested and booked into custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges: Andy Acuna: Manufactured Dangerous Weapons, Possession of a Cane-Gun, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed, Possession of Stolen Property. Kayla Webb: Violation of Post Release Community Supervision Terms. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force , which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Riverside County Probation. Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.

INCIDENT: HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION *PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED*

WHEN: 11/24/18

WHERE: 13000 Block of Jasper Loop, Eastvale

DETAILS: On Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at about 8:08 pm, officers assigned to the Eastvale Police Department were dispatched to “shots being fired” in the 13000 block of Jasper Loop, in the city of Eastvale. Officers arrived and located an adult female victim, identified as Alicia Rene Lopez, 28 of Eastvale, deceased in the roadway on Jasper Loop north of Aspen Leaf Lane. One adult male was seen running from the location after the shooting, but no further information is available at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit and the Jurupa Valley Station Investigators have assumed the investigation. Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance with any information regarding this incident and are encouraged to please call Investigator Vasquez of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3529. 

Eastvale Area Crime Recap: October 2018

By RCSD

INCIDENT: HOMICIDE(UPDATE) WHEN (ORIGINAL INCIDENT): 5/8/2018 UPDATE/ARREST: 10/4/2018 WHERE:6700 Block of Pedley Rd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Tuesday,May 8, 2018, at 3:30 AM, Cal-Fire personnel and Jurupa Valley Police responded to the 6700 block of Pedley Road, where an abandoned trailer was engulfed inflames. After the fire was extinguished, the charred remains of an adult male were discovered inside. Based on the discovery, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, Cal-fire Arson, and the Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. An autopsy ofthe remains in conjunction with an examination of the scene suggested the adult male; later identified as 40-year-old, Michael Reynoso, was the victim of a homicide. Based on the findings, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. Further investigation revealed that August Nielsen was involved in Reynoso’s death. A warrant was issued for Nielsen for his involvement in the murder of Reynoso.

UPDATE: In the months that followed, Sheriff’s investigators identified 37-year-old, August Nielsen, as a suspect in the homicide of Michael Reynoso. Nielsen’s  whereabouts were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On October 4, 2018, the Desert Hawk Violent Crime TaskForce, with the assistance of the Inland Regional Apprehension Team, located and arrested August Nielsen near Phoenix, Arizona. Nielsen is currently held in a Maricopa county correctional facility awaiting extradition to Riverside county. He is held on $1,000,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at the Central Homicide Unit by calling (951) 955-2777. 

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION, WHEN: 10/11/18, WHERE: 12500 block of Limonite Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Eastvale deputies responded to the 12500 block of Limonite Avenue, in the City of Eastvale, for a medical aid call.  Cal-Fire personnel arrived prior to deputies and found a 25-year-old male Eastvale resident deceased on a bench in front of a business. Eastvale deputies initiated a death investigation. The deceased’s name will not be released until the Coroner’s Office notifies his next of kin.  The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Martinez #3809 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION AND ARREST WHEN: 10/17/18 WHERE: 1100 block of Hamner Ave., Norco

DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, about 2:20 PM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a retail business in the 1100 block of Hamner Avenue, in the City of Norco, in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned two male suspects had entered the business and stole property while brandishing a weapon at an employee and assaulting another. The two male suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle, driven by a third female suspect. All three suspects fled the location in the vehicle. Neither victim sustained injuries. A description of the suspects and suspect vehicle were provided to nearby deputies. Several minutes later, an Eastvale Police Officer,located the suspect vehicle travelling north on the I-15 freeway, through the Eastvale area. Officers followed the suspect vehicle before stopping it near the intersection of Philadelphia Street and Vineyard Avenue, in the City of Ontario. The three suspects were detained without incident. Deputies located stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects were identified as Drashawn Stewart, age 21, a resident of San Bernardino, Autumn Smith, age 20, a resident of Fontana, and the third suspect was identified as a male juvenile.The two adult suspects were arrested for robbery and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. The juvenile suspect was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and booked at Riverside Juvenile Hall. The juvenile suspect is also facing robbery charges. Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Garcia Villa or Deputy Vawter of the Norco Sheriff’s Office, at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: MAJOR INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION INVESTIGATION WHEN: 10/19/18 WHERE: 5th St. and Broken Lance Dr., Norco

DETAILS: On Friday,October 19, 2018, at 2:36 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 5th Street and Broken Lance Drive, in the city of Norco, regarding a major-injury traffic collision.  The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle traveling westbound on 5th Street at a high rate of speed, collided into the center median causing the vehicle to spin out of control. Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle. All four occupants were transported to local area hospitals for serious injuries sustained during the collision. This investigation is ongoing; however, it appears that alcohol,and/or drug impairment appears to be a contributing factor in this collision.The Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to conduct this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing, and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Lewis at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION WHEN: 10/15/18 WHERE: Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside

DETAILS: On Monday,October 15, 2018, about 7:57 P.M., deputies assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center located an adult male Hispanic unresponsive within his cell ina housing area of the facility. Deputies and medical personnel in the jail,initiated life-saving measures and the male Hispanic inmate was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department,Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau and Robert Presley Detention Center Investigators responded and assumed the investigation.  The identification of the victim will not be released at this time pending notification of family.  There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.  Please call Investigator Martinez of the JV Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 with info.

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION WHEN: 10/23/18 WHERE: Van Buren Blvd. and 56th Street, Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, about 11:45 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a report of a major traffic collision on Van Buren Boulevard, south of 56th Street, Jurupa Valley. Upon arriving, officers located a traffic collision involving four vehicles. The preliminary investigation identified a single occupant vehicle was traveling northbound on Van Buren Boulevard and attempted to make a westbound turn onto 56th Street. The driver failed to negotiate the turn and traveled into southbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard and collided with the vehicle occupied by four individuals.  All four individuals were pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel on scene. The victims were: 20 year old Daniel Smith of Riverside, 20 year old Nicholas Cahill of Riverside, 25 year old Clinton Jellsey of Riverside and 23 year old Marco Aguilar of Riverside. Two additional vehicles traveling southbound sustained minor vehicle damage only attempting to avoid the collision. The driver who caused the collision sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this traffic collision.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fatal traffic collision 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 at800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information atwww.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or http://www.wetip.com

Area Crime Recap April 2018

Staff Reports

 

Incident: Warrant Sweep

When: 4/14/18

Where: Jurupa Valley

Details: Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them.  If your violation is a DUI or traffic related, don’t count on it.   On April 14, 2018, The Jurupa Valley Traffic Team with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders and others with traffic related warrants. Officers served warrants and arrested offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding traffic-related case.  “The best bet for anyone with a missed court date is to go to court on their own now,” said Sergeant Raemie Wood. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.” Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are led away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail. Special Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled ‘High Visibility’ DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safety and abuse alcohol and drugs.  The Jurupa Valley PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injuries with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers; Call 9-1-1! Results: Warrants Attempted: 28 ,  Warrants Served: 10

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

When: 4/18/18

Where: Mission Blvd. cross of Vernon Ave., Jurupa Valley

Details: On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, about 2:55 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a traffic collision on Mission Boulevard cross of Vernon Avenue, in Jurupa Valley, involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.  Officers arrived on scene and immediately attempted life-saving measures to the motorcyclist until they were relieved by American Medical Response paramedics. The motorcyclist succumbed from his injuries. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The victim will remain unidentified at this time pending Coroner notification to the next of kin. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Robles 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: Homicide

When: 4/18/18

Where: 5200 Block of Stone Ave., Jurupa Valley

Details: On April 18, 2018, detectives from the Burbank Police Department requested assistance from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department regarding a homicide investigation involving three Hispanic male victims. Their investigation led Burbank detectives to a residence of interest on the 5200 block of Stone Avenue, in Jurupa Valley. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau and the Central Homicide Unit assisted Burbank detectives with serving a search warrant at the Stone Avenue address. Based on the circumstances and evidence found at the scene, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the homicide investigation.   The identities of the victims are being withheld until families are notified.  This is an on-going investigation and no further information will be released at this time.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Gonzales at 951-955-2777.

Incident: Homicide Investigation

When: 4/20/18

Where: Canal St. cross Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley

Details: On Friday, April 20th, 2018 at about 7:37 pm, officers assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Jurupa Valley Station were dispatched to a “Man Down” call in the area of Canal St. x Mission Blvd., in the city of Jurupa Valley.  Officers arrived and located an adult male victim deceased near the rail road tracks.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.  There is no suspect information available for release at this time. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit and Jurupa Valley Station Investigators have assumed the investigation. Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance with any information regarding this incident and are encouraged to please call Investigator Button of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3531.

 

Incident: Street Racing & Traffic Safety Enforcement

When: 4/21/18

Where: Area of Augua Mansa x Brown, Jurupa Valley

Details: On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Jurupa Valley Police Officers conducted zero tolerance enforcement activities in an effort to combat illegal street racing, sideshows, reckless driving and other related traffic offenses.  A marked increase in street racing related activity has been noted at several locations throughout the city in recent months, jeopardizing the public as well as the participants themselves. During the enforcement operation, officers responded to multiple reports of vehicles and pedestrians congregating in the area of Auga Mansa and Brown, Jurupa Valley. Upon the arrival of officers, several vehicles were observed driving recklessly in close proximity to spectators. The following persons were arrested for street racing and/or reckless driving, blocking the road to facilitate street racing, and other related vehicle code violations. All three subject’s vehicles were towed.

In an effort to keep the community safe, the Jurupa Valley Police Department will continue zero tolerance enforcement operations targeting illegal street racing activities and reckless driving. It should be noted that these operations will include arresting and or citing participants and spectators at these illegal events.

 

 

 

 

Eastvale Crime Recap

INCIDENT: ARSON

WHEN: 8/28/2017

WHERE: Wash near Chandler St. & Hall Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Monday, August 28, 2017, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Emanuel Alves of Eastvale for allegedly starting a debris fire in a wash near Chandler Street and Hall Avenue the same day.  Alves, 31 was arrested at his home in Eastvale and was transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside where he was booked on multiple charges, including: PC 451(d) – 1 Count of Arson to Property, PC 451.1(a)(1) – 1 Count of Previous Conviction of a Felony of Section 451, PC 12022.1(a)(2) – Committing a felony while on parole. Alves is a known arson registrant with a prior arson conviction in Riverside County. For additional information, please contact Senior Public Information Specialist, John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office at 951-955-8662.

 

INCIDENT: HOMICIDE

WHEN: 8/25/2017

WHERE: 6900 Block of Adele Ln., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Friday, August 25, 2017, at about 9:48 PM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon occurring in the 6900 block of Adele Lane, Jurupa Valley. Upon arrival deputies located a Hispanic male suffering from gunshot injuries. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station and Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The investigation is ongoing. No suspects have been arrested.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Paz from the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2195.

 

INCIDENT: QUALITY OF LIFE ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

WHEN: 8/24-25/17

WHERE: Various shopping centers and roadways in Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: The Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team is in place to combat current crime trends, suppress gang activity and investigate quality of life complaints from the citizens of the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. Recently, we received multiple complaints from citizens, shopping center management and city officials regarding aggressive panhandling practices at several shopping centers within the city of Jurupa Valley. We have also received numerous complaints regarding panhandlers who loiter in the center medians of roadways, entrance and exits points of shopping centers and freeway off-ramps. On August 24 and 25, 2017, deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team conducted directed enforcement and undercover operations in various shopping centers and intersections in order to identify and curtail illegal, aggressive panhandling of shopping center patrons and motorists.  These types of operations will continue within the city of Jurupa Valley over the next few weeks in an effort to stop this activity. The Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team issued 17 citations for Jurupa Valley City Ordinance violations, arrested eight subjects for misdemeanor warrants, two subjects for Business and Professions Code violations, one subject for a felony warrant and issued one citation for solicitation near a freeway off-ramp.  All of the subjects contacted, cited and arrested were part of the homeless population within Jurupa Valley. The Jurupa Valley Station also hosts the Homeless Outreach Team for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which concentrates on providing assistance and resources to those in need.  There are representatives for the city of Jurupa Valley within the Special Enforcement Team.  Anyone with concerns related to suspicious or criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team at 951-955-2600.

 

INCIDENT: INDOOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION/ THEFT OF UTILITIES

WHEN: 8/23/17

WHERE: 14000 block of Silver Stream, Eastvale

DETAILS: On August 23, 2017, at 12:15 PM, members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Team, served a search warrant in the 14000 block of Silver Stream in the city of Eastvale.  Evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation along with an electrical bypass to steal electricity were located inside of the residence.  This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy James Herington at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, (951) 955-2600.

 

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION

WHEN: 8/20/17

WHERE: 5800 block of Hamner Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., officers assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to the 5800 block of Hamner Ave., Eastvale, regarding a traffic collision.  The preliminary investigation revealed a 2-year-old juvenile pedestrian sustained serious head injuries after being struck by a vehicle. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  Life saving measures were unsuccessful and the juvenile later died at the hospital. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this traffic collision and no criminal charges have been requested at this time. The Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to conduct this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

 

INCIDENT: INDOOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE, THEFT OF UTILITIES

WHEN: 8/18/17

WHERE: 14000 block of Henry St., Eastvale

DETAILS: On August 18, 2017, at 10:30 AM, members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Team, served a search warrant in the 14000 block of Henry Street in the city of Eastvale.  Evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation along with an electrical bypass to steal electricity were located inside of the residence.  Chris VoongGuo Yong Xu, and Shu Qiang Chen were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and theft of utilities.  Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy James Herington at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, (951) 955-2600. Tips for Spotting a Marijuana Grow House: The Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team is partnering with the City of Eastvale’s Code Enforcement to combat the recent trend of residential indoor marijuana grow operations. This type of operation usually starts when a rental home is converted in the interior area by covering most or all of the windows. The subjects then make room-by-room conversions throughout the house by bypassing the electrical meter, installing additional electrical wiring, outlets, circuit-breaker panels, commercial grade lighting and air conditioning units. These conversions are extremely hazardous and pose a serious fire risk, not only to the home, but the surrounding homes as well. Some of the tell-tales signs of marijuana grow houses are: All windows are covered from the interior by newspaper or other materials,  Lights and televisions on timers,  Subjects moving in commercial grade electrical equipment during the late night or early morning hours,  No signs of normal residential occupation,  The smell of marijuana emitting from the home,  Can you see wires leading up to the power line before the meter? , Do people come and go at odd hours or do they never seem to be there?,  Are they accumulating the kind of trash a real resident would?,  Do strange cars pull up outside at night? ,  Is anybody taking care of the landscaping? , The sound of the air conditioner running at all the times.  The Eastvale Police Department is seeking information regarding these types of operations. Callers may remain anonymous. Reporting this type of activity can be done by calling Deputy James Herington at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s dispatch center at (951)776-1099.

 

INCIDENT: DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT

WHEN: 8/17/17

WHERE: Eastvale

DETAILS: The Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on August 19, 2017, at Hamner Ave. x Schleisman Rd., between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.  In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Eastvale Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Results: 621 Vehicles Screened,  1 DUI-Alcohol arrest,  10 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked,  10 citations issued,  3 vehicles were towed. Drivers are encouraged to download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. The Eastvale Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation Patrol in the future in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

 

 

INCIDENT: ARMED AND DANGEROUS GANG MEMBER WITH A GUN

WHEN: 8/17/17

WHERE: 9000 block of Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On July 11, 2017, members of the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Region 7 Gang Task Force began investigating a series of gang vandalism’s throughout the Jurupa Valley area. Task Force officers identified 28 year-old Jurupa Valley resident Anthony Abraham Martinez as the suspect. Martinez is an active participant of a criminal street gang and on parole for assault with a firearm. On July 20, 2017, Task Force officers attempted to apprehend Martinez near a shopping center at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Glen Street. A foot pursuit ensued and Martinez discarded a loaded handgun. Martinez was able to elude capture. However, the loaded firearm was recovered at scene by Task Force officers. On August 17, 2017, about 4:00 PM, Task Force officers with the assistance of Jurupa Valley Station patrol deputies, K-9 and Sheriff’s Aviation ultimately located and arrested Martinez at a residence in the 9000 block of Mission Boulevard. Martinez was booked into custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges: Felon in possession of a firearm,  Felon in possession of ammunition,  Gang member in possession of a firearm,  Possession of an unregistered firearm,  Felony Gang Enhancement,  Felony Vandalism, Felony Parole violation.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes from the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Region 7 Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.

 

INCIDENT: DRUG INVESTIGATION AND ARREST

WHEN: 8/6/17

WHERE: Hamner Ave. near Sixth St., Norco

DETAILS: On Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., a deputy assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle enforcement stop, on Hamner Avenue near Sixth Street, in the city of Norco. The vehicle driver, later identified as Scott Warren, age 35, a resident of San Bernardino, was determined to be driving while under the influence of drugs and detained for further investigation. The vehicle passengers were identified as Felicia Aguilar, age 27, a resident of San Bernardino, and Richard Prater, age 29, a resident of San Bernardino, and were also determined to be under the influence of drugs. During the subsequent investigation, deputies located evidence related to the sales of narcotics. Warren was arrested for possession of drugs for sales and driving while under the influence of drugs. Aguilar was arrested for being under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prater was arrested for drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, and two misdemeanor warrants. All three suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the listed charges.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be vigilant in investigating all crimes of this nature. If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, please contact Deputy Robertson at the Norco Sheriff’s Office at 951-270-5673.

 

INCIDENT: NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE

WHEN: 8/4/17

WHERE: 12500 block of Limonite Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Friday, August 4, 2017, at 11:02 PM, dispatch started receiving numerous calls reference a shooting near Limonite Avenue / Hamner Avenue, in the city of Eastvale. Several patrol units responded to the area, but no victims or suspects were located. Initial investigation revealed there was a physical altercation involving 20 or more subjects, and at one point, someone started shooting. All subjects involved in the altercation either fled on foot or in vehicles before the police arrived. This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy David Olsen at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, (951) 955-2600.

 

INCIDENT: INDOOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE, THEFT OF UTILITIES

WHEN: 8/3/17

WHERE: 14000 block of Wolfhound St., Eastvale

DETAILS: On August 3, 2017, at 2:30 PM, members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Team, served a search warrant in the 14000 block of Wolfhound Street in the city of Eastvale.  Evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation along with an electrical bypass to steal electricity were located inside of the residence.  Jianguo Li, at 40-year-old resident of New York, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and theft of utilities.  Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy James Herington at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, (951) 955-2600.

 

INCIDENT: STOLEN VEHICLE ARREST

WHEN: 8/1/17

WHERE: 1600 block of Hamner Ave., Norco

DETAILS: On August 1, at 11:34 a.m., deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Office located a stolen vehicle at a business, in the 1600 block of Hamner Avenue, in the city of Norco. The subsequent investigation revealed the vehicle had been stolen from the city of Corona on July 12, 2017. Deputies were able to locate and detain the suspect, identified as Mario Nunez, a 21-year-old resident of El Cerrito. Nunez was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and a dirk/dagger. He was subsequently booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the listed charges. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Faucher with the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673.

Eastvale Crime Recap

JUNE 2017

 

INCIDENT:           HOMICIDE

WHEN:                 6/4/17 @ 7:56 pm

WHERE:                1400 Block of Pacific Ave., Norco

DETAILS:              Officers from the Norco Police Department responded to a physical altercation between two adult males outside a residence in Norco. Officers arrived within minutes and located a male laying on a driveway and not breathing. Officers began emergency lifesaving procedures for the male until paramedics arrived. The victim, later identified as 57-year-old, Gerald Lee, was transported to Corona Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Based on the circumstances, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Investigators are currently searching for 55-year-old, Klaus Peter Foster of Norco. Klaus Foster is a white male adult 5’8”/ 200 lbs. with red hair, a beard, and brown eyes.  He was last seen driving a green 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck, California license plate number 74953F2. Klaus Foster is wanted only for questioning regarding the incident. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or this incident can call Investigator Mullins as 951-955-2777.

UPDATE:              Based on information gathered during the ongoing investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for suspect, Klaus Foster. Additional leads directed investigators to a residence in Big River California near the Colorado river. At the request of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies located and arrested Foster in Big River. He was later transferred to the custody of deputies from Riverside Sheriff’s Colorado River Station and booked into the Blythe Jail. Foster’s bail is set at $1,000,000.

 

INCIDENT:           TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

WHEN:                 6/5/2017 from 6:00 am until 12:00 pm

WHERE:                Eastvale

RESULTS:             30 Citations were issued for traffic violations

2 vehicles were impounded for unlicensed/suspended drivers

 

 

INCIDENT:           NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION & ARREST

WHEN:                 6/8/2017 @ 12:30 pm

WHERE:                3100 block of Corona Ave., Norco

DETAILS:              Deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team conducted a narcotics investigation at a Norco residence. During a probation sweep of the residence, deputies located a small amount of heroin & associated paraphernalia. Patrick Page, a 36-year old Norco resident, was arrested at the scene without incident. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for felony violation of probation and other associated charges.

 


WHEN:                
6/10/2017 from 7:00 pm until 3:00 amINCIDENT:           DUI TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

WHERE:                Norco

RESULTS:             36 vehicles stopped

8 drivers were given Field Sobriety tests

1 driver arrested for DUI

 

 

INCIDENT:           WARRANT SWEEP

WHEN:                 6/11/2017 from 6:00 am until 12:00 pm

WHERE:                Jurupa Valley

RESULTS:             29 Warrants Attempted

18 Warrants Served

 

INCIDENT:           STOLEN VEHICLE ARREST

WHEN:                 6/12/2017 @ 7:40 am

WHERE:                54th Street & Steve Ave., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS:              Jurupa Valley Police officers received information a pickup truck with a utility trailer was stolen that morning in San Diego.  The owner located the vehicle and followed it through the city of Jurupa Valley.  Officers located the vehicle at 54th Street and Steve Avenue, in the city of Jurupa Valley.  The driver and sole occupant, Juan Villarreal (age 25 of Jurupa Valley), was arrested and booked for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and a violation of probation for auto theft.

 

INCIDENT:           VEHICLE THEFT INVESTIGATION & ARREST

WHEN:                 6/14/2017 @ 10:50 am

WHERE:                1700 block of Western Ave., Norco

DETAILS:              Deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office contacted the occupant of a suspicious vehicle parked on Western Ave. in Norco. After running the license plate, deputies discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from a residence in LA County on June 12th. The occupant of the vehicle, George Alberto Anzaldo, a 40- year old Pico Rivera resident, was arrested without incident at the scene. During a search of his person, deputies discovered a burglary tool commonly used in vehicle thefts. He was later booked into the R. Presley Detention Center for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools & committing a felony while on bail.

 

INCIDENT:           COURT STING OPERATION

WHEN:                 6/15/2017 from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm

WHERE:                Jurupa Valley

DETAILS:           On June 15, 2017, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.,  officers from Jurupa Valley Traffic Division conducted an undercover “Court Sting” operation at the Riverside Superior Court targeting suspected DUI drivers whose  licenses where suspended/revoked or who were unlicensed drivers and reside in the city of Jurupa Valley.  Deputies staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been told of their license suspension.  While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, four individuals in court for DUI/suspended licenses proceeded to get behind the wheel and drove away from the court house.  Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting deputies and cited back into court and their vehicles were impounded: RESULTS- 4 Suspended/Revoked, 4 Vehicles Impounded  Those arrested today could face additional jail time, long driver license suspensions, along with other financial hits including attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. DUI Court Sting stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of keeping impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness among the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Please help the Jurupa Valley Police Department every day of the week:  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!  The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

INCIDENT:           WEAPON AND DRUG SALES ARREST OF GANG MEMBER

WHEN:                 6/22/17 @ 2:48 pm

WHERE:                4000 Block of Lindsay Street, Jurupa Valley

DETAILS:         On Thursday, 06/22/17, about 2:48 PM, members of the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Region 7 Gang Task Force conducted a probation compliance check at a residence in the 4000 Block of Lindsay Street in Jurupa Valley. Task Force officers contacted 37-year old Jurupa Valley resident, David Perez at the residence. Perez was determined to be on supervised probation for weapons violations. Perez was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and approximately one ounce of methamphetamine along with heroin. Additional items were also located indicative of drug sales. Perez was also identified as being an active participant of a criminal street gang. Perez was arrested and booked into custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges: Ex-Felon in possession of a loaded firearm, Ex-Felon in possession of ammunition, Methamphetamine and heroin sales,  Possession of methamphetamine and heroin while armed , Prior drug sale enhancements,  Criminal street gang member in possession of a loaded firearm,  Felony probation violation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes from the Riverside County Region 7 Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.

Deputy Arrests Mira Loma Women for Identity Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance

DATE/TIME: July 1, 2017 / 1800 hours
INCIDENT: PC 530.5, Identity Theft
HS 11378, Sales of Methamphetamine
LOCATION: Britton Way / Mount Vernon Ave, city of Grand Terrace
SUSPECT(S): Shawna Hernandez, 27-year-old resident of Mira Loma
VICTIM(S): Confidential

SUMMARY: Deputy Joshua Gile was patrolling in the contract city of Grand Terrace. He conducted a vehicle check in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy. The vehicle’s tag was expired for over four years. The driver was contacted and identified as Shawna Hernandez. Hernandez had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and the vehicel was inventoried so it could be towed. Evidence of identity theft was discovered, such as other people’s mail, identifying information and access cards. Hernandez had burglary tools including pry bars, bolt cutters and other cutting tools used to facilitate the mail theft. Over an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle.

Hernandez was transported to Central Detention Center and booked for Identity Theft and sales of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous 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 www.wetip.com.

Crime Recap

Courtesy of the SBCSD and RCSD

Iowa Fugitive, Frank French, Arrested in Fontana

DATE/Time: Friday May 19, 2017 / 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Sierra Way/Baseline Road, Fontana
SUSPECT: Frank French, Caucasian male, 72 years old, of Council Bluffs Iowa
VICTIM: Confidential

SUMMARY:

On May 19, 2017, Specialized Enforcement Division personnel assigned to the United States Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested Frank French near Sierra Way and Baseline Road in Fontana. French is a fugitive wanted out of Council Bluffs, Iowa for false imprisonment, four counts of child endangerment with bodily injury, and two counts of child endangerment.
The preliminary information released regarding the victim’s duration of false imprisonment was factually inaccurate. While French is facing several charges related to child abuse, the victim was locked in her room for a period of four days, not several years. The warrant for French’s arrest was issued in late January.
Upon learning o f the warrants for his arrest, French fled the Council Bluffs area and evaded authorities for several months. After an extensive investigation by the US Marshal’s Southern District of Iowa Office and the Fugitive Task Force, French was located and arrested without incident.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Public Affairs Division at (909) 387-3700. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Lewd Acts w/Minor Under 10, Production of Child Pornography

DATE/TIME: May 23, 2017
LOCATION: Residence in Adelanto
SUSPECT: Jonathan Robert Jones, 30 years old, resident of Adelanto
VICTIM: Confidential – 5 year old male
SUMMARY:
On April 28, 2017, Deputy Wendy Perea from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s station was assigned to investigate a Cybertip that was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploided Children (NCMEC) by an online digital file storage company. The Cybertip contained images and videos of confirmed child pornography. Perea authored a search warrant to obtain the subscriber information for the Internet Service Provider (ISP.)
On May 18, 2017, Deputy Perea received the results from the ISP and identified the account holder. She used various law enforcement databases and search techniques to positively identify the suspect, whose image was captured in the vide os. Through the investigation, Deputy Perea identified the suspect as Jonathan Robert Jones, and determined the 5 year old victim was related to the suspect.
Detectives from Specialized Investigations Divisiton – Crimes Against Children Detail responded to the Victor Valley station to assist. Perea authored a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and seized evidence to help corroborate the various crimes Jones committed.
Jonathan Jones was arrested on May 18, 2017 and is being held at High Desert Detention Center with bail set at $300,000.
Through this investigation, Perea learned that Jones used to live with his family in the Colton area. There is evidence that indicates there may be additional victims in the Colton and/or Victor Valley area. Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Victor Valley Station at (760)552-6800 or the Crimes Against Children Detail at (909)387-3615.

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Residential Burglary Arrest

Incident Date: May 19, 2017 Time: 2 p.m.

Incident Location: 14000 block of Saline Drive, Eastvale

SUMMARY:

On My 19, 2017, Officers from the Eastvale Police Department responded to the 14000 block of Saline Drive, Eastvale, reference a residential burglary that just occurred. Officers arrived within minutes and obtained information that a Hispanic male adult had just broken into the residence and stole several items including a firearm. The suspect fled the area in a dark colored BMW. Investigators with the Jurupa Valley Station assumed the investigation.

After a extensive investigation, the suspect was identified as Richard Quilliam a 33 year-old resident of the city of Fontana. On May 21, 2017, Quilliam was arrested by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department for unrelated charges. On May 22, 2017, Jurupa Valley Investigators took custody of Mr. Quilliam upon his release from the West Valley Detention Center, in Rancho Cucamonga. Mr. Quilliam was subsequently arrested for the burglary and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, in Riverside.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Barros of the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

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

 Missing 16 Year Old Female Located

– UPDATE –
Missing 16 year old female has been located and subsequently released to the custody of LA County Social Workers.

– ORIGINAL MESSAGE –
Missing Person: Kimberly Molina (16)
Description: Female, Hispanic, 5’01”, 110 lbs., blonde hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing brown sweater, unknown color leggings and blue hospital socks.
Tattoos: Star on each shoulder and “KIKO” on left chest.
(Photo taken about one year ago)
Location last seen: 500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

Synopsis:
On 5/23/17, a social worker was transporting Molina to LA County. Molina jumped out of the car at 500 N. Main Street in Santa Ana and fled northbound.
Molina has priors for prostitution and has been a victim of human trafficking. She may be in the company of her pimp known only as “FEDERICO.”
If located contact LA Co. Social Worker Mayra Gallo assigned to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children at cell (626) 460-9620 or Santa Ana Police Department Detective Gus Moroyoqui at desk (714) 245-8731.

Homicide Investigation

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
LOCATION: 10600 block of Dumond Avenue in Bloomington
VICTIM: Michael Garcia, age 37 of Riverside
SUSPECT(s): Unknown

SUMMARY:
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at approximately 7:45 a.m., deputies from the Fontana Sheriff’s Station responded to the 10600 block of Dumond Avenue following the report of shots heard. Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male outside of the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Emergency fire personnel responded and the victim, later identified as Michael Garcia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded to the location and are currently conducting the investigation.
Updates will be released as they become available.
Anyone with information re garding this incident is urged to contact Detective Walt Peraza or Sergeant Robert Warrick at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

 

 

Homicide Investigation

DATE/TIME: ​Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
LOCATION: ​Homeless encampment behind 14950 Bear Valley Road, Victorville
VICTIM:​Prentice Dean, age 24 transient of Victorville
SUSPECT(s):​Unknown ​

SUMMARY:
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at approximately 6:05 a.m., deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to a homeless encampment behind the El Super Market following the report of a man down. Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male unresponsive behind the business. Emergency fire personnel responded and the victim, later identified as Prentice Dean, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded to the location and are currently conducting the investigation.
Updates will be released as they become available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Walt Peraza or Sergeant Robert Warrick at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Tips From Deputy Meyers

Dear Deputy Myers:

How can I become more involved with my community and the Sheriff’s Department?

Did you know the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has numerous volunteers that assist the department with many different aspects of their day to day operations?  It’s true, and there are hundreds of volunteers department wide that are vital to assisting the department in various ways. Being the volunteer coordinator, as well as many other things, I get to see just how valuable the volunteers are to us every day! I directly supervise the Explorers, Mounted Posse, and Citizen Volunteer Patrol.

Not everyone can be an Explorer (due to age restrictions), and not everyone can be a member of the volunteer Mounted Posse (due to not having a horse), but nearly anyone over the age of 18 can be a Citizen Volunteer. The Citizen Volunteer Patrol meets once a month (the fourth Wednesday of every month) at 630pm at the Jurupa Valley Station. They have the opportunity to work hand in hand with deputies on patrol, assist with major incidents, DUI checkpoints, provide an added level of eyes and ears on the streets, logistics, and assist with community events (just to name a few). The station Volunteer Citizen Patrol helps in the contract cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and the outer lying unincorporated county areas.

If this sounds like something that may interest you and you have the extra time, please come out to one of our meetings, learn about our program, meet some of our current volunteers, and possibly pick up a background packet to get started in something that can provide you with training and a sense of community.

Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department.  She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about nine years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City of Eastvale.

 

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale– The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, including Eastvale Police and Corona Police, have done a great job combating crime in the area. Read a recap below to see what happened in the month of July.

Eastvale – On July 4, Eastvale Police Department responded to assist Cal-Fire who was on scene of a possible overdose. The officers arrived with information that gunshots were heard and possibly someone was shot. The suspect was in a room and refused to come out. He later was identified as Thomas Williams. Williams fired multiple rounds through the door towards the officers and was not willing to cooperate. Therefore, assistance from the Corona Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helped the Eastvale PD arrest Williams with no injuries.

Corona– On July 5, the Corona Police Department responded to a suspicious package at the Veterans Memorial located near City Hall. It was described as a newer duffel bag that was wedged between the kiosk and the building. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hazardous Device Team (HDT) was called in and identified the package as not containing any hazardous materials or devices.

Eastvale– On July 26, the Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded speed enforcement operation. It was conducted in areas where major injury and collisions happen, the operation was conducted from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The results of the operation were: 45 citations for driving above the posted speed limit.

Jurupa Valley– On July 29, the Jurupa Valley Police Department deployed enforcement for Distracted Drivers. Not only are distracted drivers dangerous to themselves but to others as well. The results of the operations were: 7 citations were issued to drivers who were talking on their cellular phones or texting while driving and 2 of the drivers were also cited for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Jurupa Valley- On July 30, the Jurupa Valley Police Department conducted a sweep to find suspects with outstanding warrants. The officers served warrants and/or arrested offenders who had failed to appear for their scheduled court dates or who had also violated the terms of their probation in an outstanding traffic-related case. The results of the sweep were: 64 warrants attempted, and 34 warrants served.

 

Distracted Drivers

By Riverside Sheriff’s Department

Using an electronic device while driving is a serious safety problem. Most drivers know that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior, but many still use their cell phones and other mobile devices when they are behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates.

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, eleven percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

While anything that takes your eyes off the road (i.e. hands off the wheel) or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.  In addition, most drivers aren’t aware that just talking on a cell phone, hand held or hands free, can lead to “inattention blindness” as critical brain functions needed for driving are used for cell phone talking.

At any given daylight moment across America, there are about 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.  The Jurupa Valley Police Department is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through enforcement, public awareness and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.

In a national survey, almost half (48%) of drivers say they answer their cell phones while driving at least some of  the time, and more than half of those (58%) continue to drive after answering the call. Your Police Department recommends the following safety measures:

You can:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive
  • Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task

Parents can:

  • Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving
  • If you know your teen is on the road – don’t call or text them until you know they have reached their destination

Employers can:

  • Adopt, publicize, and enforce company policies that prohibit employees from texting or talking on hand-held cell phones while in a company vehicle, or in a personal vehicle while using a company issued cell phone.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   For more information about distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov .

 

Distracted Driving Fact Sheet / Talking Points

Using electronic devices while driving is a serious safety problem

  • Most drivers know that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior, but many still use their cell phones and other mobile devices when they are behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. Many drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates.
  • Almost half (48.6%) of drivers say they answer incoming phone calls, and 1 of 4 drivers (23.9%) are willing to place calls on all, most, or some trips. About half (48.5%) said they never place calls while driving.
  • Considering there are more than 210 million licensed drivers in America, slightly more than 102 million drivers were answering calls and 50 million drivers were placing calls while driving in 2012.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, there are about 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
  • Distracted Driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

What Data Tells Us

  • At this very moment, there are some 660,000 drivers talking on hand-held cell phones – 5% of all American drivers at any given typical daylight moment. www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811718.pdf 
  • Almost double that number – 1.18 million drivers (9%) – were using some type of mobile device (either hand-held or hands free) at a typical daylight moment.
  • Use of an electronic device while driving can distract drivers from appropriately thinking about the driving task, watching the road and surrounding environment, and keeping their hands on the steering wheel. Texting while driving, a common activity in today’s world, involves all three types of distraction – visual, manual, and cognitive. (www.Distraction.gov )
  • Accurate reporting of distracted driving in fatal crashes poses a challenge for police officers who prepare crash reports after the incident. The highway safety community is working to create uniform reporting guidelines for distracted driving and to train officers to use them. In 2011, 7% of the drivers in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes, and of these, 12% were using cell phones. More than half the drivers in fatal crashes using cell phones were 5 to 29 years old. Almost 1 in 6 (17%) injury crashes involved distraction, resulting in 387,000 injured people in 2011. Cell phone use was reported in an estimated 21,000 distraction-affected crashes (www. Distraction.gov).

What People Tell Us

  • Almost half (48%) of drivers say they answer their cell phones while driving at least some of  the time, and more than half of those (58%) continue to drive after answering the call. This has not changed in the past two years. (www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/traffic_tech/tt407.pdf )
  • Fewer drivers (14%) say they send text messages or e-mails, but about one-third of those (35%) continue to drive when sending text messages.
  • Drivers of all ages use their phones while they are driving at least sometimes. More drivers recognize the risk and say they do not make or place calls or messages while driving than in 2010.
  • Most drivers support bans on hand-held cell phone use (74%) and texting while driving (94%), and they approve fines of $200 or higher for talking on cell phones or texting while driving.

Crashes

  • Some 6% of drivers say they were involved in a crash and 7% were in a near-crash situation in the past year. Of those, 2% say they were using cell phones at the time, and 3% were sending or reading text messages.

Communities can

  • Enforce strong laws banning texting and handheld cell phone use to let drivers know distracted driving is a serious safety matter.
  • Conduct high-visibility enforcement campaigns of existing texting and cell phone laws
  • Publicize the results of enforcement campaigns
  • Work with partners such as advocacy groups, youth groups, schools, traffic safety agencies, law enforcement agencies, and public health agencies to continue the discussion on the dangers of distracted driving.
  • Go to www.distraction.gov  for comprehensive information about distracted driving and see Blueprint to End Distracted Driving.

Employers can

  • Adopt, publicize, and enforce company policies that prohibit employees from texting or talking on hand-held cell phones while in a company vehicle, or in a personal vehicle while using a company issued cell phone.

You can

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
  • Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.

Parents can

  • Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
  • Make sure your community and State laws include electronic device bans in graduated driver licensing laws for young novice drivers, and make them part of your teen’s driving responsibilities.

While driving:

  • 1 in 2 drivers answer calls
  • 1 in 4 drivers place calls
  • 3 in 5 young drivers answer calls
  • 1 in 3 young drivers place calls
  • 2 in 5 young drivers were observed manipulating a hand-held device.

 

Mail Thefts In Eastvale

By Araceli Sanchez  

Hand with open mailbox

Hand with open mailbox

Eastvale– Eastvale residents have expressed their concern regarding the mail thefts that have been occurring in City of Eastvale.

Recently, thefts have been reported off Spring and Nicole Court, on the side of Riverboat and King River, and up and down Tisdale. Many believe that the thefts have increased in the last month because of expected tax returns. However, these thefts have been going on for a long time and they are not unique to Eastvale. Mail thefts have been reported in Corona, Norco, Chino and other surrounding areas.

But local Police and the US Postal Service are adamant about stopping these thefts from occurring.

“The United States Postal Inspection Service will continue to bring violators to justice to secure the integrity of the U.S. Mail,” said Postal Inspector in Charge, Robert Wemyss in a statement. “Protecting the ability to use the mail in a safe and secure manner is at the core of the Postal Inspection Service’s mission,” he added.

“Mail theft and other property crimes are a rising problem and trend in this region,” said Corona Police Department Chief of Police Michael Abel. “We take these matters seriously and truly appreciate the joint cooperation in this prosecution. It’s important that we hold suspects such as these accountable for their actions.”

Local Police has already arrested five individuals for mail theft this month (see the Crime Recap article on page 11). The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has also issued a news release with the following tips on how to protect your mail from thieves:

  • Use the letter slots inside your post office for your mail or personally hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Don’t leave your mail in your mailbox overnight. Pick it up promptly after delivery. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items, ask a friend or neighbor you trust to retrieve your mail.
  • If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately, without delay.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business through the U.S. mail.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail thefts to the Sheriff’s Department and a Postal Inspector.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. Exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted neighbors and friends, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (and homes).
  • Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department also reminds residents that if you witness a mail theft in progress, immediately contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099 and report the incident. Afterwards, contact the Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.

In addition, if you are a victim of mail theft and your mailbox has been vandalized, the City of Eastvale is not one of the numbers you should call.

“The cluster mail boxes are not City property, nor do we pay for the repairs or maintenance,” said Daniella Badaeu, Eastvale Public Information Officer. “They are the responsibility of the individual homeowner(s) and the HOAs.”

If you do not have a Home Owner’s Association (HOA), you can also call the PMG Mailbox at (951) 288-3129 to repair or replace a mailbox. Some residents have even suggested to pitch in for a heavy duty mail box so it would be less likely for thieves to break into with pry bars or cutting tools.

Another resident suggested to ask PMG Mailbox to seal the outgoing mail slot to prevent thieves from stealing outgoing mail.

However, many residents are wondering why the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t pay to replace the new mailbox. NBC News reported that the U.S. Postal Service says covering replacement costs is financially unfeasible because they are not tax-dollar supported. The Postal Service said they support themselves with what they sell, just like any other business.

Having your own individual mailbox is also not an option because the Postal Service recently “phased out individual mail delivery in new housing communities as part of ongoing budget cuts,” according to NBC. “Doorstep delivery costs the USPS about $353 per address each year, while delivery to [cluster mailboxes] costs about $160 per address.”

Tips From Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

How can I start or join a Neighborhood Watch near my home?

By Deanna Myers

This is still a hot topic, so I thought a refresher would be beneficial. There are six basic steps to getting a neighborhood watch program started within your community.

Step 1- Create Awareness. Start a buzz in the neighborhood about keeping it safe. Many people nowadays, with all the modern technology, have started to disconnect from their neighbors. Communication starts with a wave and a smile, followed by starting to talk about your concern for continued safety within your community.

Step 2- Organize Volunteers. Once you have started a buzz, neighbors often begin sharing their personal information in order to become more involved. Gather their information and set up a neighborhood meeting with them.

Step 3- Coordinate with Law Enforcement- this is where I come in. I will provide a short Power Point presentation and an activity for your neighbors. I will give them the tools they need to combat current issues in the neighborhood and keep those issues from returning.

Step 4- Identify Concerns, Issues and Problems. Once the group has been formed and they have had time to think about the new tools they have been given, it’s time to discuss where the problems are in your neighborhood. It is best to prioritize the concerns of the volunteers so they can all get addressed in a timely manner.

Step 5- Develop Strategies. Six heads are better than one. As your group comes together, you can start to come up with ways in which to deal with issues. Having additional people from different backgrounds that come with different resources can be invaluable in eradicating problems in your neighborhood.

Step 6-Action Steps.  Depending on the severity of the problems that arise in your neighborhood, there are several different ways to attack the issues. Planning activities such as clean-up days, neighborhood patrols, and joining social groups such as www.nextdoor.com are just a few of the ways to bring your neighborhoods closer and keep people involved. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING!

 

Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department.  She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about eight years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City of Eastvale.

IE News: Robbery, Thefts, and Vandalism

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Ryan Filkins

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Aaron Allen

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Robert Filkins

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Three suspects have been arrested for crimes related to the thefts, vandalism, and a strong-arm robbery.

There have been a number of crimes reported related to theft of packages, theft from unlocked vehicles, and vandalism within a relatively small area within the city of Eastvale. These crimes have occurred since November 2015.

The Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) worked closely with the Jurupa Valley Station’s crime analyst, patrol deputies, and the Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) parks deputy to narrow down dates, times and locations of the crimes.  SET deputies identified several persons of interest and conducted extensive follow-up investigation over a period of several months.

As a result of the investigation, three suspects were identified and arrested.  Ryan Filkins, 18 of Eastvale, was arrested for felony warrants and bringing a controlled substance into a jail.  Robert Filkins, 18 of Eastvale, was arrested and booked for felony warrants.  Aaron Allen, 23 of Eastvale, was arrested for felony warrants.  Charges against all three suspects are being sought related to the thefts, reports of vandalism, and a strong-arm robbery.

Anyone with additional information regarding these incident is encouraged to call Deputy Ramirez at (951) 955-2649.

Information courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Eastvale Armed Robbery Suspect Caught

Photo Courtesy:  Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Robbery suspect Reginald Ridgeway

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Between January 4, 2016, and February 4, 2016, four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery occurred at various locations throughout the city of Eastvale.  The robberies involved a black male adult who approached pizza delivery drivers as the exited their vehicles and robbed them at knifepoint. There were no injuries as a result of these robberies.

Reginald Ridgeway, a 25-year-old Eastvale resident, was arrested without incident on Monday, February 29, in the 13000 block of Hillgrove Street in Eastvale. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of armed robbery.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information should contact Investigator James Merrill at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

 

Crime Increases in 2015, With Biggest Increase in Unincorporated Areas

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Overall Crime:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has released preliminary crime statistics for calendar year 2015, indicating an overall increase of 7.4% in all reported FBI Part I crimes

Violent Crime increased by 6.6% in the Sheriff’s areas of Riverside County (both unincorporated areas and cities), along with 7.4% increase in overall property crime in those same areas.  The FBI typically publishes final crime data for 2015 later this year.

Although homicides were down sharply by nearly 26% for 2015, there was a 7.4% increase in the number of robberies and for aggravated assaults reported to the Sheriff.  The overall FBI violent crime numbers (homicide, rape, robbery & aggravated assaults) increased by 6.6% across all of the Sheriff’s areas.  Reported rapes increased by 2.4% over the previous calendar year.  The violent crime numbers were the highest reported since 2012.

Property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts & felony thefts) in the Sheriff’s areas of responsibility (county and cities) within Riverside County increased by 7.4%, although burglaries were sharply reduced by over 20% in 2015.

Auto thefts increased by over 20% in 2015, contrasted with the previous year and were the highest number reported since 2007.

Contract Cities Only:

Within just the Sheriff contract law enforcement cities combined, violent increased 2.4%, property crimes increased 5.7%, with FBI Part I Crimes increasing 5.5%.  The Sheriff’s contract policing services provides each of our 17 community partners with a flexible menu of services and each city is able to control its police staffing levels along with their own unique focus for their respective community.  The Sheriff’s local commanders serve as city police chiefs for each city manager and are just as responsive as any other city department head.  This responsiveness encourages considerable initiative and creativity in dealing with local crime challenges in each of those partner cities.

Unincorporated Areas Only:

Within just the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, violent crime increased 18.3% from 2014 to 2015, and Property crimes increased by 14.2%, and all FBI Part I Crime was up in the unincorporated areas by 14.6% in 2015, the highest since 2012.  In the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the overall increase in reported Part 1 crimes was impacted the most by aggravated assault, auto theft, and larceny-theft.

Patrol staffing has been held without any increases by County direction and funding at 1.04/1000 population since June 2014, placing on hold the previous County policy under the buildup of patrol deputy staffing in the unincorporated areas up to 1.2 sworn/1000 population over the several years. In contrast, the Sheriff’s contract city partners each staff their cities in accordance with their own desires.

The Sheriff’s Department serves as the contract policing agency partner with 17 of Riverside County’s 28 cities and also serves the unincorporated areas of Riverside County for criminal investigations.  Altogether, the Sheriff is responsible for policing nearly 1.4 million residents of the County’s population of 2.3 million. Annually Sheriff’s Department dispatchers receive over 1.6 million phone calls from the public and dispatch nearly 900,000 calls for service (CFS) by Sheriff’s staff, with nearly 1/3 being in-progress calls for service. Riverside County is the 4th most populous of California’s 58 counties, and the 10th most populous county with the nation.

Some notes:

There are a number of factors that may be attributable to increases in Riverside County crime.  The rise in aggravated assaults, may well be attributed to the increase in assaults related to Domestic Violence.  Incidents related to spousal assaults were up markedly.  Overall, almost half of all reported aggravated assaults in unincorporated Riverside County involved domestic or spousal violence.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a long history of collaboration with all responsive agencies when it comes to the application of domestic violence resources.  Our investigative bureaus across the county have designated Domestic Violence Threat Management (DVTM) trained investigators focusing on reviewing of domestic violence reports to identify training or follow-up needs, identifying subjects likely to commit repeated acts of domestic violence, participating in multi-agency collaborative countywide threat management teams, handling high-profile or threat management domestic violence incidents, and mentoring deputies to improve initial and follow-up domestic violence investigations.  All of this is focused on supporting the victim, stopping the behavior, and breaking the cycle of violence.

The Department also works closely with the Family Justice Courts, the District Attorney and their Victim Witness advocates, the SAFE team, and support organizations such as ‘Shelter from the Storm’ and the ‘Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’ to assist with restraining orders, group sessions, safety plans, and individual victim needs such as food and gas vouchers, along with a number of other Crime Victim Assistance programs.  The Department also recently received a three year grant from the “Office of Violence against Women” to continue to improve the criminal justice response to sexual, domestic, dating, and stalking violence against women.

Auto theft is an area where Riverside County has also seen increases.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) notes that auto theft is on the rise all across the United States, yet there is no identifiable reason.  Washington, California, Nevada, and New Mexico are among the top five states for auto theft.  Riverside County mirrors the national trend, in that the Honda Accord and Civic, Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado trucks, and the Toyota Camry are among the vehicles most at risk for theft.

An additional area of note is the category of larceny-theft.  Within this category, thefts from vehicles and shoplifting had significant increases.  A likely reason for the increase in thefts from vehicles is related to identity thefts.  We attribute this, because wallets, purses, and mail items were frequently reported as being taken from targeted vehicles.  In the aftermath of the implementation of Prop 47 we have seen a sharp increase in shoplifting.  Shoplifting incidents, previously charged as felonious theft or commercial burglary, which could result in prison sentences, have been reduced to misdemeanors and as such the consequence of incarceration is remote.  It could be pointed out that due to Prop 47, the consequence of criminal behavior is more heavily being borne by the crime victim.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s jail leadership has been on the cutting-edge in working closely with the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department, and other jail systems statewide in alternative sentencing programs and in developing assessment tools and training programs to address local inmate recidivism pursuant to AB 109 Realignment in 2011.  The Sheriff and local police chiefs across Riverside County maintain close coordination and teamwork in using regional teams, task forces, community partnerships, and multi-disciplinary approaches in confronting our crime problems and the impacts of AB 109 Realignment.

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