Thursday, February 18, 2021

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 info@rmru.org, Desert Sheriff Search and Rescue can be contacted at (760) 836-1600, and the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation can be contacted by email at info@fofound.org.

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.