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.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Monday, February 8, 2021
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.
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.
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!"
"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."
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.
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
“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.”
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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.
Monday, February 1, 2021
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.
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.
Temecula: Lewd Conduct, Sexual Battery suspect still outstanding, police searching for details on him
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.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Crime Tips online form.