CRIME BRIEFS – June 22, 2017.

Hate Crime in San Jacinto

On June 15, 2017, at 3:57 a.m., officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a report of vandalism at a residence.
Officers found the resident’s vehicles parked in the drive way, had been spray painted with anti-semitic symbols and derogatory words towards their race.
Officers determined this vandalism was a hate crime.
The San Jacinto Police Department is fully investigating this crime, and requests anyone having additional information regarding the incident to contact Investigator Medina at the Hemet Riverside County Sheriff office. Phone number 951 791-3400.

Alleged Sexual Harassment at Stater Bros. in Hemet and San Jacinto

According to three separate women, they have been sexually harassed at two Stater Bros. stores – one in Hemet and another in San Jacinto.
Hemet resident, David Gonzalez, manager of the Hemet Stater Bros. has been accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment at both Stater Bros. including one incident in Gonzalez’ home where he purportedly attempted to rape the victim.
The women involved have stated that Gonzalez would rub against them and touch them inappropriately and threaten to fire them if anything was said.
All three of the victims have reported these incidents to their supervisors and the Stater Bros. corporate offices claiming that no action was taken to protect them or other employees from being sexually harassed.
Lawsuits have been filed by the three women against Gonzalez who in turn has hired his own attorney and denied all of the allegations.

Hit and run on Lyon and Acacia

There was a hit and run on Lyon Street and Acacia Avenue on June 20, 2017 involving a newer model black Chevrolet Camaro with paper plates from Gosch Auto.
The alleged perpetrator is a Hispanic male adult, mid-20’s, clean shaven. Wearing black shirt and no glasses. Call HPD at (951) 754-2400 with any information.

Four, including two teenage girls, apprehended after stolen vehicle pursuit by Trevor Montgomery

Four people, including several juveniles, were arrested after leading City of Hemet police on a short pursuit in a stolen car Monday evening, June 12. At the end of the chase, the four occupants fled on foot into an apartment building. All four were apprehended – the minors released to their parents and the adults were reportedly arrested. The car stolen from the Moreno Valley Area, was later returned to the owner. The incident started around 10:10 pm, when an officer spotted a black Toyota Prius on Acacia Avenue without its lights on. The officer attempted a traffic enforcement stop on the Toyota. The driver of the vehicle who hasn’t been named yet refused to yield and continued driving westbound on Acacia Ave. The authorities initiated a vehicle pursuit during which the driver of the “blacked-out” vehicle fled recklessly through the darkness with no lights and with no regard for other citizens. During the pursuit the vehicle sped as high as 60 MPH in residential areas failing to stop for posted signs or red lights. About one minute into the high speed pursuit, the stolen car headed into the west entrance of the Shadow Canyon Apartments on Acacia Ave. After exiting the complex the driver re-entered the property at which time the occupants leaped from the vehicle and fled. Two female juveniles were apprehended almost immediately, while the two men fled deeper into the complex and were quickly apprehended after stolen vehicle pursuit.

Editor’s Note: This article was not properly attributed to the author for which the editor regrets the error

Skateboarding purse snatcher nabbed by Trevor Montgomery

On Friday June 9, City of Hemet police officers quickly located, identified and arrested a subject who allegedly snatched a purse from an elderly victim at a business before racing away on his skateboard. The incident occurred in the 99 Cents Only Store parking lot at the Target Shopping Center in the 3000 block of W. Florida Avenue, near Sanderson Avenue, in Hemet. Officers responded to the area after 4 p.m., in response to several 911 calls from citizens to report the purse snatching. While some 911 callers stayed with the victim, others followed the fleeing suspect despite heavy rush hour traffic. When officers arrived at the parking lot they found the victim, described as an “elderly white female,” uninjured in the parking lot. The victim as well as the witnesses informed investigating officers that a black male had grabbed the victim’s purse and fled from the area on a skateboard. The suspect was described as wearing a black or dark-colored hoodie and white shorts, with a black and orange backpack. Some witnesses described the suspect as an adult, while others described him as a minor. The victim and witnesses told officers the alleged purse snatcher was last seen skateboarding westbound on Florida Avenue. Witnesses who were following the suspect after the purse snatching notified 911 dispatchers and responding officers said they observed the suspect enter a Sprouts store, then cross Florida Avenue and went into Sears at the Hemet Valley Mall. Officers eventually located and arrested the alleged suspect in front of J.C. Penney at the mall. It was not known the charges under which the suspect was arrested and police officials have not released any information regarding the incident. Anyone with information about this incident or who witnessed the theft should contact Hemet Police at (951) 765-2400.

Editor’s Note: This article was not properly attributed to the author for which the editor regrets the error.

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit leads to Arrests

On Monday, June 12th, at about 10:10 PM, a Hemet Police Officer was at Kirby St. and Florida Ave. when a Toyota Prius was observed traveling on the roadway with headlights off. The police officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.
The vehicle pursuit continued into the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 3000 block of W. Acacia Ave. The driver, a 17-year old male, ran from the vehicle and was apprehended by an officer. The vehicle’s passenger, Steven Barden, also fled from the vehicle. An assisting officer pursued Barden on foot and apprehended him. Two remaining passengers were detained and released without further incident. The Toyota was determined to be stolen from the Moreno Valley area.
The 17-year old juvenile was arrested for felony evasion, possession of a stolen vehicle, and resisting an officer. The juvenile was transported to Southwest Juvenile Hall – without bail.
Steve Barden, a 23 year old Hemet resident, was arrested for violation of parole. Barden was transported to Riverside County Jail – without bail.

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