San Jacinto man wounded in shooting
The San Jacinto Police Department, Hemet Sheriff’s deputies and the Hemet Police Department jointly responded to a call for multiple shots fired on March 23. Law enforcement found a 35-year-old man shot multiple times, allegedly the result of a verbal argument. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Kendrick Ayala, a 26-year-old man from San Jacinto was detained at the scene and booked at Southwest Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon. Contact Investigators Porrazzo or Janecka at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400. Anonymous reports can be left at www.riversidesheriff.org/crimetips.
AB 109 compliance search nets 15 arrests and recovers weapons
A coordinated region-wide operation for individuals on probation, mandatory supervision, parole or post-release community supervision was conducted March 22. The joint agency effort was comprised of Central and East Riverside County PACT Task Forces, Riverside County Regional Gang Task Forces-Hemet/San Jacinto and Murrieta, Riverside County District Attorney Gang Intelligence Task Force, SAFE Team, and special enforcement teams from Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta police departments.
The teams conducted 64 compliance checks that netted 15 arrests. Central PACT Commander Sgt. R. Young, Hemet Police, stated in a press release that “drugs, drug paraphernalia, numerous weapons, a military smoke grenade, a stolen vehicle, fraudulently possessed ID cards, a stolen generator and a firearm that was previously reported as destroyed by a law enforcement agency were recovered.”
Hemet man’s trial for soliciting teens for prostitution sent to jury
Both the prosecution and defense rested last week after about two weeks of testimony during the trial of Hemet man Eliberto Cruz Jacobo, who is accused of posing as “Marlissa Garcia” on Facebook to solicit girls and women ranging in ages 14 to 31 to engage in sex acts for money in late 2013 to early 2015.
The jury began deliberations Monday morning. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Paixao stated there was no miscommunication between the girls and Jacobo, who continued to actively recruit the girls to prostitution. Sheriff’s deputies were able to track the IP address to Jacobo’s residence after a couple victims came forward. He is charged with 61 felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor, inducing or persuading a minor to engage in a commercial sex act, statutory rape, and possession of child pornography. Jacobo has been held at the Riverside County Jail in Indio since early 2015 on a $2 million bail.
Hemet Police Department recovers stolen vehicle, leading to arrest
On March 20, the Hemet Police Department detained a man parked in a stolen vehicle at the CVS Pharmacy parking lot located at 3055 W. Florida Ave. The man, identified as 47-year-old John Edward Nunez III, was booked at Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta for being in possession of a stolen car in addition to misdemeanor warrants related to the possession of narcotics, narcotics-related paraphernalia, theft, vandalism and failure to pay fines. Nunez, who has a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2005, was released the same day.