CRIME BRIEFS – April 13, 2017

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter

Photo courtesy of Hemet Police Department
Jeffery West, 70, of Hemet, was arrested April 8 for attempted murder.

Hemet man shot; another arrested for attempted murder

One man was shot and another was arrested for attempted murder in Hemet over the weekend. On Saturday, April 8 at approximately 11:26 p.m., Hemet Police/Fire Communication Center received several 911 calls regarding gunshots heard in the 2700 block of West Acacia Avenue. Soon after, a call was received regarding a traffic collision in the 2200 block of that same street as a result of the driver being shot.
According to a news release by Hemet Police Lt. Eddie Pust, further investigation revealed that the driver, identified as 55-year-old Bruce Baily, was involved in a civil dispute, was shot, and as a result of blood loss from the gunshot wound, lost consciousness and collided into a parked Fed Ex truck.
Baily was picking up a vehicle from a mobile home park in the area, when he was confronted by a resident, later identified as 70-year-old Jeffery West, over a civil issue regarding the vehicle. West came out of his residence, brandishing a firearm, and allegedly shot Baily as he was attempting to leave in his personal vehicle.
Baily was transported and treated at a nearby hospital where he is expected to survive. West was arrested by officers and later transported to Riverside County Jail on one count of attempted murder. Bail is set at $1 million.
This is an active and ongoing attempted murder investigation. Please call Hemet Police Detective Jeremy Green at (951) 765-2497 with any information relating to this case.

SJ home invasion robbery leaves elderly woman with minor injuries

An elderly woman was injured during the commission of a home invasion robbery in San Jacinto the evening of April 6, when several suspects in hooded sweatshirts and ski masks entered her residence and stole her purse.
The woman confronted the subjects and suffered minor injuries, which were treated by medical personnel. A family member of the victim was at the residence, which caused the suspects to flee the scene, according to a release by the San Jacinto Police Department.
The San Jacinto Police Department reminds “the public to secure doors and windows whenever possible. If suspects are found inside their residence, immediately call 911. The public is also encouraged to not approach suspects for fear of escalating the incident.”
This is an active investigation. Contact Investigator Wortman at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station (951) 791-3400. Information can also be reported anonymously at or

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