PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – February 15th, 2018

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Randolph Weiss

Three arrested in Anza on drug charges

Three men have been arrested in Anza on drug charges after sheriff’s investigators were tipped off that drugs were being sold from a residence, according to the Riverside County Sheriff.
On Thursday afternoon, Feb. 1, investigators from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station went to the 3900 block of Ivan Road in Anza regarding information of possible sales of a controlled substance. Upon their arrival, they found Randolph Weiss, 46, from San Jacinto inside the residence. A large quantity of a controlled substance, with evidence indicative of sales, was found at the residence, according to deputies. Weiss was taken into custody and two other adult males were arrested at the residence on outstanding felony warrants, deputies said.
Weiss and the other individuals were later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident or incidents are encouraged to call Investigator Porrazzo at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station, 951-791-3400.


Butane honey oil lab found in Anza

Also in Anza Feb. 1 investigators from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station went to the 54000 block of Moraza Road with a search warrant authorizing investigation of a possible butane honey oil lab.  They were accompanied by investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Special Investigation Bureau-Marijuana Eradication Team, the Police and Corrections Team, and officers from Riverside County Code Enforcement.  A large-scale butane honey oil lab was found to be functional and removed from the property.  Over 200 large marijuana plants were found inside the property during the service of the search warrant, deputies reported.
The residents at the location were not present on Moraza Road at the time of the search warrant and investigators are still following leads on the whereabouts of the owners.   Such labs must be licensed and meet strict safety regulations, which this one did not, officials said.
This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident related to the investigation are encouraged to call Investigator Medina at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station, 951-791-3400.


Man shot in Hemet

On Friday, Feb. 9, at approximately 7:13 a.m., Hemet Police received 911 calls regarding a man who had been shot and was said to be lying in the road near the intersection of Acacia Avenue and Inez Street. Officers responded and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was was immediately treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital and is currently being treated for a gunshot wound considered non-life threatening.
Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Hemet Police Detectives are still following up on leads and witness information to identify the suspect or suspects involved. No motive has been determined. This is still an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to contact Hemet Police Detective J. Green at 951-765 2497.


Stabbing investigation

Police arrested a man for investigation of attempted murder following an incident in a convenience store in which several people were injured in an apparent stabbing.
On Friday, Feb. 9, at approximately 7:37 p.m., Hemet Police received a 911 call regarding a male subject who was stabbed in the neck inside a convenience store located in the 200 block of East Stetson Avenue. As officers arrived on scene, the dispatcher began receiving additional calls regarding another man bleeding from the neck in the 1000 block of South Gilbert Street, approximately one block west of the convenience store.
Officers responded to that location and determined that the adult male victim was likely related to the initial stabbing. The victim had a severe laceration to his neck and was immediately treated by medical personnel at the scene prior to being transported to a nearby  hospital. The victim’s condition was later considered “stable” by hospital personnel.
Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and was able to identify subjects involved in the altercation with the victim from surveillance footage obtained at the convenience store. From the surveillance footage, Hemet Police detectives went to an address in the 400 block of East Thornton Avenue where they arrested a man identified as Cole Butts, for investigation of attempted murder and later booked him into Riverside County Jail, police reported.

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