Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sage: Marijuana farm busted, weapons and cash seized

Sage, CA - On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana cultivation operating at a private residence in the unincorporated area of Riverside County known as Sage. The search warrant was authored in response to citizen complaints about the residence.

Upon arrival, investigators located several outbuildings containing marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Additionally, investigators located a cannabis edibles manufacturing operation on the property. A further search of the property turned up a large cache of illegal weapons and over $700,000 in US Currency. Employees of the operations were detained, questioned, and later released. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator James Roy at 951-955-1700. The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community.  

The illegal cultivation and sale of marijuana poses a great risk to neighboring residents.  These operations also negatively impact cannabis businesses legally operating within Riverside County. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses. If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.

Hemet: Human remains found in Mountain Center, confirmed to be missing woman from July 2020

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, family members of 73-year-old Rosario Garcia reported her missing from their residence in Hemet. Garcia was last seen driving her silver 2016 Nissan Altima away from the residence. 

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, deputies from the Palm Desert Station responded to the 70100 Block of Hwy 74, Mountain Center in regards to Garcia’s vehicle being located in the area. The vehicle was located and it appeared to have become high centered on the rough road. Garcia was not located in or around the vehicle. 

A search by Desert Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (DSSAR), Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU), bloodhounds and Riverside County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit was conducted, however, Garcia was not located. On Saturday, August 8, 2020, an additional search of the area was conducted. RMRU and Hemet Station personnel searched the mountainous area but were again unsuccessful in locating Garcia.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, personnel from RMRU, Riverside County Search Dogs, Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau, Riverside County Forensics, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and personnel from the Hemet Station responded to the the Mountain Center area and conducted a search in an area where information was received that possible human remains had been seen. 

Human remains consistent with an adult female were located in the area as well as items belonging to Rosario Garcia. Our Coroner’s Bureau was able to obtain a positive identification that the remains belonged to Rosario Garcia. There is no evidence of foul play.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Inv. Negrete at the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400. Anyone wishing to contact or support the volunteers from the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit can contact them by email at, Desert Sheriff Search and Rescue can be contacted at (760) 836-1600, and the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation can be contacted by email at

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Murrieta: Community Policing Team arrests man with weapons and drugs

Murrieta CA - On Wednesday February 10, the Murrieta Police Department Community Policing Team (CPT) were conducting extra patrol in the shopping center near Whitewood Road and Los Alamos Road when they contacted a male in the parking lot.  

Officers conducted a routine records check on the male, identified as Drey Aguilar, and discovered that he was on probation out of San Bernardino County.  Due to the terms of Drey’s probation, the officers conducted a probation search on his vehicle.  

During the search of the vehicle, the officers located two guns, extended magazines, ammunition and a significant amount of methamphetamine and M30 fentanyl pills.  Drey was arrested on several weapons and narcotics related charges and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

Corona: Man arrested for arranging sex with minor, police seeking info about possible other victims

Corona CA - On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) received a referral from the Hemet Police Department regarding the possible sex trafficking of a minor. During the course of the investigation, investigators found the minor was being sexually exploited for money via social media/internet. One of the men having sexual contact with the minor was identified as Steven Rawley, 35, of Corona.

As the investigation continued, investigators found a YouTube video posted on February 19, 2019 by Arizona Predator Prevention (APP), a citizen watch group, of an incident that occurred in December 2018 in Mohave County, Arizona. 

In the video, Steven Rawley contacted an undercover account online which had been set up by APP. The undercover account posed as a fake 15-year-old girl. Rawley propositioned the undercover account for sexual acts, and even after being informed several times that “she” was 15, Rawley set up a meeting for sex. The video shows the citizens confronting Rawley about the online conversations in a parking lot.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021 the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force served a search warrant for Rawley’s apartment and vehicle. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of numerous electronic devices and Rawley's arrest. Rawley was charged with contacting a minor with intent to commit kidnapping or sex offenses, arranging a meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor over 3 years younger than the perpetrator, all felonies.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has reason to believe there are additional victims in Riverside County and in Mohave County, Arizona. RCAHT is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT - Deputy Mario Chavez at (951) 422-1141 or (951) 955-1700 and reference incident #R203250003.

Idyllwild: Son arrested for murder of his father

Idyllwild CA - On February 10, 2021, deputies from the Hemet Station responded to the 53000 block of
Country Club Drive to investigate a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located a deceased adult male who appeared to have been shot. 

The victim was identified as Adrian David Denava, a 50-year old male from Idyllwild. Investigators from the Central Homicide Unit and the Hemet Station were notified and have assumed the investigation. 

The suspect, later identified as Adrian Denava Jr. a 24 year old male, fled the area but was later located and arrested for the murder of his father. 

This is an active investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Gonzales of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Atkinson of the Hemet Station at 951-791-3400.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hemet: Police searching for hit and run driver that injured two teens

Hemet CA - On Christmas night, 12/25/2020, at 8:57pm, officers from The Hemet Police Department responded to a traffic collision which occurred on Sanderson Avenue near Menlo Avenue in Hemet. 

Two teenagers were seriously injured in the collision and the driver fled the scene. Hemet Police Traffic Investigators have been searching for the suspect in this case and are asking for the public’s help in locating video or evidence which may lead to the vehicle and/or driver.

The vehicle is described as an unknown year model pick-up truck, possibly a Toyota Tundra or similar. The vehicle is gray, and should have collision damage to the front end, specifically the right front corner, and/or the right side of the vehicle. (The vehicle may look similar to the stock image included)

If you were in the area of Sanderson Avenue and Menlo Avenue in Hemet on 12/25/2020 between 8:45pm and 9:00pm, or if you have any information which may lead investigators to identify the suspect in this case, you are urged to contact the Hemet Police Department Traffic Division at (951) 765-3725.

Lake Elsinore: Man arrested for kidnapping and false imprisonment

Lake Elsinore CA - On February 9, 2021, deputies from the Lake Elsinore station responded to the 33000 block of El Contento Drive, Lake Elsinore, regarding a possible assault. 

Through their investigation, deputies gathered information from the victim she was driven from the Hemet area to Lake Elsinore. The victim attempted several times to get out of the car, but wasn’t allowed to by the suspect. 

Once in Lake Elsinore, the victim was forced out of the car and the suspect left the location with the victim’s purse. The victim provided information the suspect was employed at a business located in the 16500 block of Lakeshore Drive, in the city of Lake Elsinore. 

Deputies responded to the location, contacted the suspect, Rene Perez (resident of Lake Elsinore) and detained him for further investigation. Perez was later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and committing a crime while out on bail.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Guerrero at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Murrieta: Fire burns barn in La Cresta

Murrieta CA - Many local residents noticed the plume of smoke coming from the hills west of Murrieta today. At 12:17pm a fire was reported at 38400 Avenida Bonita in the La Cresta area of Murrieta. 

Firefighters responded and found a 2 story barn fully engulfed in flames. Six engines, 1 water tender and 1 medic squad were on site and the fire was contained at approximately 1:16pm.

Based on the photos, the barn is believed to be a total loss. Photos courtesy of CalFire.

Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE) Airing American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me Tuesday, February 9 at 9 PM ET

PBS Passport members may access Charley Pride episodes through, the PBS app, or their local station website

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Throughout the month of February, while celebrating Black History Month, PBS has made it easy for Charley Pride fans and new audiences alike to learn more about his history in country music and the impact he made throughout the world. As part of their On-Demand exclusive for Passport members, American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, Ken Burns’ Country Music, Episode 5: The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968), and GRAMMY SALUTE TO MUSIC LEGENDS™ are available on and the PBS Video app. American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me will air in NY on Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE) on Tuesday, February 9 at 9 PM ET. PBS SoCal (KCET) aired the documentary on February 4th. Check your local listings for all available air times. The documentary is also available on DVD at

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance, and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The film includes original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Marty Stuart. It also includes several on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests, including Rozene Pride (his wife of 63 years), Willie Nelson, and other fellow musicians. The film also features many songs from his repertoire of classic country hits, along with more modern cuts like "Standing In My Way," from his latest album Music In My Heart, released in 2017.

“At a time when African-American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “We are honored to share the inspiring, and largely untold, story of this barrier-breaking performer with viewers nationwide.”

On January 30, 2019, the film made its world premiere at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The premiere featured an appearance by Charley Pride himself, along with special guest artists featured in the film, including the film's narrator Tanya Tucker, Jimmie Allen, Janie Fricke, and Sylvia Hutton. Members of the media and other family and friends of Pride also attended. After the film, a Q&A was hosted by the film's director Barbara Hall, and journalist Robert K. Oermann, Country Music Hall of Fame's Peter Cooper, and Charley Pride.

Notable talent in the film:

• Charley Pride

• Garth Brooks

• Dolly Parton

• Willie Nelson

• Tanya Tucker (narrator)

• Brad Paisley

• Darius Rucker

• Marty Stuart

• Sylvia Hutton

• Charlie Worsham

• Jimmie Allen

• Whoopi Goldberg

Noteworthy Facts:

• Eighteen-year-old Charley Pride made his debut in the Negro American League as a pitcher-outfielder for the Memphis Red Sox in 1952.

• Charley Pride was drafted into the army in 1956 and served 14 months in Arkansas and Colorado. While in the military, he played on the Fort Carson baseball team and sang in the barracks.

• After RCA signed him to a record deal, his third single, “Just Between You and Me,” reached the top 10 on the country music charts in 1967. The singer received his first GRAMMY® nomination, for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male, for the song.

• Charley Pride first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio show in January 1967. When he was inducted as an Opry member in 1993, he became the first African-American Opry member since DeFord Bailey, who had been a regular member from 1927 until 1941. Pride celebrated the 25th anniversary of his induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 2018.

• Charley Pride won Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in 1971.

• Charley Pride committed to an extensive tour of the U.K. in 1976, including several dates in Northern Ireland during the peak of the Troubles conflict. Because of the intense political violence, international music acts were avoiding Belfast. Pride’s November 1976 appearance at Belfast's Ritz Cinema brought the community together and he became a hero to both sides of the conflict for helping to break the informal touring ban of Northern Ireland after several other international music acts soon followed. This resulted in “Crystal Chandeliers" being considered a ‘unity song’ in Ireland and the UK when it was subsequently released as a single.

• In 2000, Charley Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• The Recording Academy honored Charley Pride with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the GRAMMY® Salute to Music Legends awards ceremony and tribute concert event in 2017.

Production Credits:

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me is a production of Corridor Group Productions Inc in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters and ITVS. The film is directed by Barbara Hall, who is also the executive producer. Co-executive producers are Greg Hall, Suzanne Kessler, and Ed Lanquist. Jon Schouten is the producer. Editors are Matthew Walsh and Chris Windings. The writer is Jon Schouten. Michael Kantor is the American Masters series executive producer.


Support for American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me is provided by Mike and Ginny Lester. Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, Ellen and James Marcus, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, Seton Melvin, and public television viewers.




Riverside County: Sheriff's Department looking for missing persons, seeks public help

Riverside County CA - The Southwest Sheriff's Station is seeking the assistance of the public in locating reported missing persons. 

If you have information that can help in locating a missing person, please call the Southwest Station Missing Person Tip Line at (951) 696-3089. 

The missing persons on the below flier are individual cases and investigations with no apparent ties.

Menifee: Police Department adds two more officers

Menifee CA - The Menifee Police Department is happy to announce the addition of two more police officers to their ranks. 

Both were sworn in last week by City Clerk, Sarah Manwaring, and were presented with their badges by Chief Pat Walsh.  

Officer Tyler Roach came to Menifee from San Marino PD. Officer 

Damon Bowen came to Menifee from the Wyoming Highway Patrol back in May of 2020.  He started as a Community Service Officer due to COVID-19 delays with processing out of state police officer POST waivers.  

"We were thrilled to be able to promote Officer Bowen to the rank of Police Officer.  Both are excited to get to work protecting Menifee!" 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Check out Safe Family Justice Centers for information on how to attend virtual workshops and start the conversation at home.

***UPDATE*** Murrieta Police Department arrests three, needs help identifying theft victims


Early Saturday morning, an observant citizen witnessed a vehicle burglary occur and immediately called Murrieta Police Dispatch.  Several officers responded and quickly located the suspect vehicle and three males nearby. 

Officers conducted a records check on the three males they had detained, Jason Hopkins, Ian James and Jacob Lessley.  The records check revealed that Jason Hopkins was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for possession of a stolen vehicle.  

The check also revealed that Ian James was on two separate formal probations, both for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.  The officers conducted a search of the truck the suspects were driving and located numerous items that appeared to have been recently stolen, most likely from other nearby Murrieta residents.  

While the officers were investigating the vehicle burglaries that had just occurred, they also discovered that Ian James had attempted to steal a vehicle in the same neighborhood.  All three males were arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center. 

Jason Hopkins – Resident of Hemet; 466 PC – Possession of Burglary Tools; 496(A) PC – Possession of Stolen Property; 182(A)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime; 667.5(b)PC – Prior Prison Enhancement; 3455(A) PC – Post Release Community Supervision Violation

Ian James – Resident of Hemet; 466 PC – Possession of Burglary Tools; 496(A) PC – Possession of Stolen Property; 182(A)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime; 459V PC – Vehicle Burglary; 664/10851 VC – Attempted Vehicle Theft; 1203.2(A) PC – Violation of Probation

Jacob Lessley – Resident of Hemet; 466 PC – Possession of Burglary Tools; 496(A) PC – Possession of Stolen Property; 182(A)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime

Officers continued their investigation and conducted a probation search of Jason Hopkins’ residence in Hemet, per the terms of his PRCS probation.  During that search, officers located stolen mail, stolen checks and a stolen license plate.  Murrieta Case # MR21-0727

From the Murrieta Police Department facebook:

"Some vehicle burglary suspects were at it again early this morning. But guess what!?  Thanks to some alert citizens who called 911, the suspects were caught red handed by our officers. 

Murrieta PD is currently trying to identify the victims from this morning. If your vehicle was broken into or items were removed from your vehicle this morning, please call our non emergency line at 951-696-3615."


Menifee: Suspicious person call results in one arrest for drugs and theft

Menifee CA - On 2/3/2021 Menifee Officers responded to a suspicious person call for service. Officers contacted Ricardo Ferguson near the 26700 block of Murrieta Road. Ferguson was found to be on Parole for Burglary and other various charges. 

A parole search revealed Ferguson had prescription medication that didn’t belong to him and (12) W-2 forms. Officers contacted the owners of the W-2’s and they happened to be recent victims of mail theft. 

Ferguson was arrested and booked into county jail for possession of stolen property, identity theft, possession with intent to sell, and a parole violation.

Riverside County: Board names new County Executive Officer

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Jeffrey A. Van Wagenen Jr. to be the next county executive officer (CEO) in a special closed session meeting

Riverside CA - Jeffery A. Van Wagenen has worked for 14 years in public service with the County of Riverside, including the last three years as assistant CEO for seven public safety departments. Prior to his latest tenure with the county, he owned and operated a criminal law office for 10 years. Van Wagenen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

“After doing a competitive, nationwide recruitment, I am pleased that one of our Riverside County residents will be our next CEO,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “Jeff has been a driving force within the county and built a strong reputation for collaborative solutions to tough problems.”

The county executive officer carries out the policy direction of the board of supervisors, leads more than 40 county departments with more than 22,000 employees, and oversees an annual budget in excess of $6 billion.

“The hard work of the county is done in our departments everyday by our dedicated staff,” said Van Wagenen. “I am honored to serve the board of supervisors on behalf of the 2.5 million people who choose to call Riverside County home.”

The county executive officer contract will be on the agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 9, and posted online Friday, Feb. 5.

Perris: *UPDATE* two car accident results in a death

Perris CA - On Sunday, February 7, 2021 about 2:02pm, deputies from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department - Perris Station responded to a major injury traffic collision near the intersection of 4th Street and Park Avenue in the city of Perris. 

Deputies arrived within minutes and located a collision involving a white Hyundai Accent and a silver BMW 328i at 525 West 4th Street, Perris.

The driver of the Hyundai suffered major injuries and life-saving measures were attempted; however, the driver succumbed to injuries at the scene. The identity of the deceased is Lynne Brown, a 65 year old female from Menifee. 

The driver of the BMW was transported to the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) in serious condition. At the present time no arrest have been made, the investigation is on-going.

The Perris Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Deputy Kiebach at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1074.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Riverside County: Operation Reclaim and Rebuild 2021 results in 64 arrests

Riverside County CA - The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) in partnership with the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team, Lake Elsinore Special Enforcement Team, Temecula Special Enforcement Team, Riverside Police Department and Murrieta Police Department effected sixty-four arrests during a nearly week-long proactive enforcement operation that targeted online prostitution and those whose demand for these unlawful activities fuels an illicit underground economy, both locally as well as across the State of California. 

Riverside County’s role in this operation, dubbed Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, ran for four consecutive days before concluding on January 28, 2021. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is an annual multi-agency statewide initiative that focuses on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, identifying and arresting their captors, and disrupting demand for these vulnerable victims. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is timed to coincide with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that human trafficking will not be tolerated in California.

Last year’s “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild” included participation from over 70 law enforcement agencies statewide and resulted in 76 adult and 11 minor victims being recovered; 266 males arrested for the charge of Solicitation; and 27 suspected traffickers and exploiters arrested. In total, 518 arrests were made.

For this year’s operation, RCAHT task force members and our allied Riverside County law enforcement partners held operations in the cities of Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Riverside, Palm Desert and Temecula. Over the span of four consecutive days, the task force arrested 61 males and one female for solicitation of prostitution, one male for soliciting a minor for lewd purposes, and one male for supervising/aiding a person to commit prostitution.

RCAHT Task Force members also made contact with two adult females believed to be victims of sex trafficking. Initial investigations led the task force to believe these subjects were being forced to engage in acts of prostitution against their will. The identity of these victims will not be released pursuant to state confidentiality laws. The victims were referred to victim services for assistance as the investigation into their sex trafficking continues.

RCAHT Task Force members placed decoy advertisements on popular classified advertisement web sites commonly used for the solicitation of prostitution. These RCAHT Task Force members then responded to prospective customers who replied to these advertisements. Once an agreement for prostitution was brokered, the customers were arrested upon their arrival at a pre-determined meeting location. Concurrently, other task force members negotiated agreed upon acts of prostitution based upon other escort advertisements that were posted online in the area. In these instances, females who responded to the undercover task force members posing as customers were directed to meet. After their arrival and an interview, if the females were determined not to be victims of human trafficking, they too were arrested.

Arrested during the operation for Soliciting a Minor for Lewd was:

Issac Mciver, 26 of Lakewood (Not Pictured)

Arrested during the operation for Supervising/Aiding a Person to Commit Prostitution was:

Corey Wiggins, 20 of Moreno Valley

Arrested during the operation for solicitation of prostitution were:

Audon Aguilera-Cortez, 26 of Riverside (Not Pictured)

Ian Alexander, 51 of Long Beach

Gabriel Alvarez, 28 of Coachella

Ethan Andrews, 29 of Menifee

Daniel Arriaga-Diaz, 27 of Ontario (Not Pictured)

Douglas Ayala, 43 of Twentynine Palms

Matthew Babb, 26 of Bishop (Not Pictured)

Monte Bertoldo, 53 of Palm Springs

Kivanc Bilgin, 36 of Murrieta

Scott Borel, 42 of Murrieta

Anousack Bounyadeth, 47 of Menifee

Rutilio Brito, 33 of La Quinta

Eduardo Calderon, 32 of Los Angeles

Sergio Castaneda, 37 of San Bernardino

Wilson Chen, 33 of Lake Elsinore

Dak Chim, 37 of Rosemead

Rodolfo Cortez, 37 of Riverside

Anthony Dagnenica, 52 of Menifee

Andrew Diaz, 23 of Lake Elsinore

Michael Eder, 45 of Murrieta

Margarito Escobar-Orozco, 34 of Lake Elsinore

Bryan Gaboury, 45 of Chino

Armando Gatewood, 32 of Murrieta

Anthony Gonzales, 43 of Chino

John Hald, 50 of Hesperia

Donovan Heard, 42 of Huntington Park (Not Pictured)

Stefan Hyatt, 34 of Apple Valley

Robert Johnson, 72 of Winchester

Nathan Keys, 23 of Bellflower (Not Pictured)

Gari Leal-Vallejo, 35 of Menifee

Alberto Leon-Lopez, 26 of Vista

Florencio Lopez, 50 of Thermal

Randall Lopez, 65 of Azusa

Roberto Lopez, 47 of Bermuda Dunes

Rodrigo Macias-Leal, 21 of Cathedral City

Quincey Morton, 41 of Los Angeles

Hai Nguyen, 50 of Mission Viejo

Wesley Orta-Marcano, 26 of Menifee

Daniel Martin, 42 of Murrieta

Ricardo Pachuca, 23 of Indio

Justin Parish, 46 of Murrieta

Juan Poblano-Martinez, 48 of Thermal

Goldsborough Purnell, 62 of Palm Springs

Eliuth Ramirez, 22 of Thermal

Enrique Ramirez, 23 of Thermal

Travis Risner, 41 of Murrieta

Lenard Rodriguez, 25 of Harbor City

Guadalupe Rosales, 44 of Perris

Adam Sambrano, 39 of Indio

Francisco Scott, 38 of Coachella

Marius Simmons, 47 of Temecula

Anthony Smith, 26 of Palm Desert

Kyle Smith, 26 of Palm Desert

William Spicknall, 37 of Palm Desert

Thomas Stanford, 42 of Indio

Christopher Stiles, 26 of Moreno Valley

Christopher Teague, 23 of Aguanga

Geoffrey Torres, 53 of Lake Elsinore

Mason Tubiolo, 27 of Temecula

Manuel Vega, 44 of Thermal

Gilbert Vita, 27 of La Habra (Not Pictured)

Ivory Woodly, 21 of Lynwood (Not Pictured)

Subjects arrested during this operation were transported to the detention center in closest proximity to the operational area(s) each day. During this multi-day operation, bookings occurred at the John B Benoit Detention Center in Indio, Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, and the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Following booking, each arrestee was ultimately released upon their written promise to later appear in court.

The RCAHT Task Force extends its sincere appreciation to the Southwest Sheriff’s Station, Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, Thermal Sheriff Station, Riverside Police Department, and Murrieta Police Department for their support in conducting these joint operations. Without the commitment of personnel and resources from each of these participating agencies, these operations would not have been met with the same level of success.

Prostitution is not a “victimless” crime. Ninety-five percent of sex trafficking victims are women or children. Those victimized by commercial sexual exploitation frequently have long histories of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse or trauma in their backgrounds.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported are likely victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking victims are often subjected not only to severe forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of their trafficker but are also frequently physically and sexually assaulted by those that solicit them for prostitution.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force seeks to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating within Riverside County and will aggressively identify, pursue, and apprehend those who seek to exploit those who are most vulnerable. Through proactive enforcement operations such as Reclaim and Rebuild, RCAHT works to reduce future demand for sex trafficking by identifying and arresting sex buyers.

Anyone with questions about this operation can contact Sergeant Eric Menchaca or Sergeant Jose Tijerina of the RCAHT Task Force at (951) 955-1700.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2010 and the eastern Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2020. Both address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud, or coercion. These cases often involve the commercial sex trafficking of children, as well as incidents of forced labor, indentured servitude, debt bondage, or slavery. The RCAHT Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force that combines the investigative resources of both local and federal law enforcement. The RCAHT Task Force also provides victim services and education/outreach through partnerships with the non-profit groups Operation SafeHouse, Rebirth Homes, Run 2 Rescue, and Million Kids. 

The law enforcement component of RCAHT is currently composed of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Riverside County Probation Department, along with part-time participation of the Hemet Police Department, Riverside Police Department, and Desert Hot Springs Police Department.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Perris: *UPDATE* Infant found in trash can, RivCo Sheriff's Dept investigating

Perris CA - On Friday, January 22, 2021, at 1:00pm, Perris Station deputies responded to the 1700 block of Goetz Road in the city of Perris regarding a report of a dead body. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a deceased infant who was discarded in the trash and found at the location.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation. An autopsy was performed, and it was determined that the infant was alive at birth and not a stillbirth baby. 

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law or Newborn Abandonment Law) allows a parent to “safely surrender” their unwanted newborn within 3 days of birth. 

You can surrender the infant to an employee at any hospital emergency department, most fire stations or other designated “safe havens” in California, without the fear of arrest or prosecution, as long as the baby has not been abused or neglected.

RivCo Sheriff Dept investigators are asking the public’s help in helping identify the mother of the infant. The above pictured backpack was found at the crime scene. 

If you know someone who was due to give birth, is no longer pregnant, may have been in possession of this black backpack and you believe there is cause for concern please contact Investigator Magana (951) 955-2777 ASAP.

San Jacinto: Homeless and at Risk Population - HARP

San Jacinto CA - The City of San Jacinto is currently performing a community needs assessment, in order to appropriately serve the homeless and at-risk community. The goal is to serve those that have been affected by homelessness and those that are at-risk. 

The City of San Jacinto will be partnering with law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and community partners that help bring and connect the community to resources, proactive outreach, and community education initiatives.

The City of San Jacinto strives to educate the community about appropriate avenues for helping those affected by homelessness.This includes providing collateral to assist in community education. Ensuring that our business community and residents understand of specific factors that impact the homeless community which may include:

- Mental illness

- Addiction

- Disability

- Unwillingness to accept help

- Lack of access to family or other social support

- Involvement in prior illegal activity

For more information about HARP click here.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation seeks funds to help out musicians and gig workers

New Orleans LA - Now is the time for us to come together as a community to give back to Louisiana musicians and tradition bearers who sustain our joy, vibrancy and culture.  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is calling on the support and generosity of those with the means to help. Funds will support Louisiana musicians and its music community who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. Your contribution to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund assures direct assistance to the musicians deeply affected by this catastrophe and gives hope to an always resilient community.

The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund was created by the Foundation to support Louisiana's music community whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  The Foundation seeded this effort with $1,000,000. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and over 1,000 donors, from around the world, an additional $700,000 was raised.  

To date, the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund has provided emergency grants to more than 2,500 Louisiana musicians, music industry gig-workers, and Black masking/Mardi Gras Indians - and we're not done yet!   Your support can bring stability to the many who are facing difficult times right now. 

We are asking you to help us continue the work for Louisiana's music community. If you are in a position to do so, please donate to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund.  Tax-deductible donations can be made HERE

HELP! Man in Temecula store plays with himself and assaults a woman, police are looking for him

Normally we are posting about all the awesome things in Temecula - but on occasion, some crappy stuff happens. 

In this case, some pervy dude was playing with himself in a store and then eventually assaulted a female customer! 

The good part of this disgusting story is that there are a couple of great pictures of him from security cameras. Here is one of them.

SOMEONE has GOT to know who this guy is. Lets find him ASAP!

Here is a link with further details and how to help:

Temecula: Lewd Conduct, Sexual Battery suspect still outstanding, police searching for details on him

Temecula CA - On December 11, 2020, about 6:40pm a lewd conduct and sexual battery incident occurred at a retail store on the 32000 block of Temecula Parkway in the city of Temecula. 

An unidentified adult male was caught on security cameras fondling himself and following female customers around the retail store. 

The male subject eventually sexually assaulted a female customer before leaving the store. That incident was also caught on security cameras.

The investigation is currently on-going and the male subject has not been identified. 

If anyone has information in regards to this incident, or the male subject, they are encouraged to call Investigator Cornett at the Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.

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