CRIME BRIEFS – Jan.26, 2017

By Halima Haider / Reporter


The City of Hemet Public Safety Communications Center received repetitive calls from a male who was misusing the 9-1-1 system on Tuesday at about 3:40 a.m. These calls were not associated with any type of public safety emergency and were laced with profanity and vulgar statements. This spate of calls prevented dispatchers from answering other emergency lines, according to a news release.
An investigation led officers to the area of Tahquitz and Central avenues in Hemet. Paul Rathgaber 40, of Hemet, was found in possession of the phone used to make the repeated 9-1-1 calls and drug paraphernalia. Additional evidence corroborated Rathgaber was the male misusing the 9-1-1 system, and he was arrested. Rathgaber was transported to Riverside County Jail and is pending release with a promise to appear in court.
The City of Hemet Public Safety Communications Center receives business and emergency calls for the City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments. Since July 1, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017, the communications center received a total of 34,363 emergency calls (9-1-1) and 40,168 non-emergency calls. The city of Hemet’s police and public safety dispatchers are devoted to reduce the misuse of the 9-1-1 system. Previously, dispatchers partnered with 9-1-1 for Kids and the Hemet Unified School District to offer elementary school-aged children an educational program regarding the appropriate use of the 9-1-1 system. For additional information regarding 9-1-1 for Kids, please contact Lt. Brock at (951) 765-2473.


On Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, at about 7:39 am, Hemet Police 911 Dispatch Center received a call of a deceased male lying in a backyard of a residence in the 800 block of Felipe Place. Hemet Police Officers responded and located the deceased male with multiple gunshot wounds.
Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. This is an active homicide investigation and Hemet Police Detectives are still following up on leads and witness information. A motive has not been determined and the name of the deceased will not be provided until the next of kin is notified.
Anyone with further information about this case is asked to call Hemet Police Detective Corporal M. Hall, (951) 765-2324.

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