PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – April 12, 2018

Stabbing reported on Harvard Street

A man was reportedly stabbed while inside a bar on Harvard Street in Hemet’s downtown district early Saturday morning, and police arrested two individuals shortly after the attack. The victim reportedly had a number of stab wounds and experienced trouble breathing. No further information was available from Hemet police at press time.


Hemet man accused of woman’s murder after both were found on road

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Hemet man in connection with the death of a Temecula woman whose body was found near Winchester over the weekend. According to officials, the woman was found lying in the road while the man was found badly injured nearby.
Police identified the victim as 47 year old Deborah Warner of Temecula.
Authorities said Warner was found on Saturday at 3:42 a.m. in the area of Winchester and Pourroy Roads after someone called 911 to report an “assault with a deadly weapon.”
“Deputies arrived and located an adult female victim deceased on the roadway and an adult male with significant injuries lying nearby,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez.
The sheriff’s department later released an update to its account and identified 48-year-old Jeffrey Kruger of Hemet as a suspect in the case. After Kruger was taken to the hospital on Saturday morning, he was booked into the Banning jail on Monday for investigation of homicide. According to booking records his bail was set at $1 million.
Police did not disclose how Warner died or the connection between her and Kruger. However, news reports said that a Facebook page that appeared to belong to Kruger had him listed “in a relationship” with Warner.


Sexual assault of a juvenile

According to a press release of the Riverside County Sheriff Dept., on March 26 at 2:20 a.m., a deputy from the San Jacinto Police Department was in the area of Palm and Esplanade Avenues in San Jacinto, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked behind one of the buildings. Upon a closer look, the officer found Joshua Blake Simmering, 20, from Calimesa, inside the car with a 15-year-old female juvenile. Further investigation revealed that Simmering had gained the juvenile’s confidence over the Internet and had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with her. Investigators believe there may have been other victims that have fallen prey to this individual. Simmering was booked into the Riverside County Jail for investigation of unlawful sexual assault on a juvenile.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminded parents to more closely monitor their children’s Internet use and consider regular conversations with them about Internet predators. Anyone with information about this incident or others similar to this, are encouraged to call Investigator Roy at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station (951) 791-3400.

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