San Jacinto felon earns 10 years in prison

Routine traffic stop by HPD leads to arrest

Photo courtesy of Hemet Police Department
Kenneth Hurtado, 20, of San Jacinto, was convicted of several felonies and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after a plea deal.

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

A San Jacinto man arrested for violating numerous weapons laws last September accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison on Sept. 15, almost a year after the incident. Several counts were dropped as a result of the guilty plea.
A traffic stop on Sept. 29, 2016 for expired registration in the area of Acacia Avenue and Girard Street by a Hemet Police K-9 unit led to the arrest of 20-year-old Kenneth Hurtado of San Jacinto, according to a news release by HPD’s Lt. Eric Dickson at the time of the incident. Hurtado was arrested after a brief foot chase and numerous weapons charges were filed.
The officer pulled the vehicle over into a nearby church parking lot, and asked the occupants of the vehicle to put their hands up because the officer recognized Hurtado, a wanted felon at the time, who had a rifle case on his lap with a large capacity magazine protruding from it, according to police.
Hurtado jumped out of the vehicle and fled; he was pursued by officers and K-9 Jack, who caught up to him only a few houses away from where the vehicle was pulled over. Hurtado was taken into custody after putting up a short fight with officers and the K-9 officer, police said.
Hurtado was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and later transported to Riverside County Jail. He was arrested on the following charges: felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of high capacity magazines, and violation of parole. Hurtado was held without bail.
“The rifle case that had been on Hurtado’s lap contained a fully-loaded ‘mini 14’ style rifle, numerous high capacity magazines, and nearly 150 rounds of ammunition for the rifle,” said Dickson in the release. “Additionally, Hurtado had a fully-loaded, high capacity magazine for the rifle in his pocket when he was arrested.”
“This is a prime example of our failed justice system,” said Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown to The Valley Chronicle after Hurtado was sentenced. “This guy should have gone to prison a long time ago. Credit to our officers for their relentless pursuit of this violent criminal.”

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