Dehydrated hikers rescued

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) received a call of two distressed hikers on the north face of Tahquitz Rock on June 24 at about 6:30 p.m. The Department’s Aviation Unit was called and successfully located the hikers. With the assistance of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a hoist operation was initiated and both hikers were safely recovered.
The hikers lacked a sufficient supply of water and were suffering from dehydration. Please be reminded to carry extra water when engaged in vigorous activities during the warm summer months, especially while participating in outdoor activities.

Inert hand grenade found

An inert hand grenade was found on June 20 in the 400 block of N. Buena Vista Street in Hemet. Multiple jurisdictional agencies assisted with the incident. The grenade was taken to a nearby dirt field and disposed of by the Hazardous Device Team.

Derwin Vining is being held on $1 million bail for the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.


Arrest made in child’s death

A 4-year-old boy died while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend on June 19. At approximately 1:30 pm, Hemet Fire Department responded to the 500 block of Mobley Lane regarding an unresponsive 4-year-old child. The child was immediately transported to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.
The Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded and upon further investigation, arrested Derwin Vining, a 27-year-old Hemet resident, for homicide. Bail was set at $1 million.
This is still an active and ongoing homicide investigation and no further information will be released at this time. Please call Hemet Police Department at 951-765-2400 if you have any information.



Derwin Vining is being held on $1 million bail for the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.

Two juvenile brothers were stabbed by their 19-year-old brother on June 26, according to the Hemet Police Department.
At approximately 1:23 pm, the Hemet Public Safety Communication Center received a 911 call regarding a juvenile stabbed by his brother in the 300 block of Gilia Street. Hemet Police Officers arrived at the location and found two juvenile brothers, ages 14 and 16, who were stabbed by their 19-year-old brother, identified as Andrew Rangel. Officers located and detained Rangel as he was walking away from the scene.
The 14-year-old was stabbed in the neck and the 16-year-old was stabbed in the shoulder. Both were treated at the scene and the 14-year-old was transported to Riverside University Health System – Medical Center and the 16-year-old was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center. Both juveniles were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The initial reporting party who called 911 informed that the 19-year-old brother suffers from schizophrenia. This is still an active and ongoing investigation and no further information will be release at this time. Contact if you have any information.

San Jacinto road closure on July 4

According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release, San Jacinto’s annual Independence Day parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4, prompting multiple road closures along the parade route from 7:30-11 a.m. The parade will begin at the San Jacinto School District office on San Jacinto Avenue north of Midway Avenue and will travel north on San Jacinto Avenue and west on Seventh Street. The Parade will end at the Estudillo Mansion on the corner of Seventh and Main streets. The San Jacinto Police Department is asking motorists to drive carefully and find alternate routes if possible.

Hemet Police Department
This is the photo of the suspect in a hit-and-run collision released by Hemet Police Department June 20.
Hemet Police Department
Ricardo Hernandez turned himself into the Hemet Police Department three days after the collision after publicity on social media.

Hemet hit and run suspect arrested

Hemet Police Officers investigated an injury hit and run traffic collision on June 20 near the intersection of Acacia and Lyon avenues. The victim, a veteran, had the presence of mind to take a photograph of the suspect as he fled the scene. Hemet Police Department issued a press release asking for help from the community in identifying and locating the suspect. The suspect was initially identified as an adult Hispanic male with a distinctive haircut, driving a late-model Chevrolet Camaro with Gosch paper plates.

Investigators obtained a lead from a patrol officer who recalled contacting the suspect during an unrelated incident. By June 21, investigators had the name of a potential suspect and were actively looking for him. On June 23, late in the afternoon, the suspect turned himself in at the Hemet Police station.

The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Ricardo Hernandez of Hemet. Hernandez provided a statement to investigators, admitted he was involved in the collision and admitted he left the scene. Hernandez was arrested and charged with felony hit and run. His bail is set at $10,000 and he was transported to Riverside County Jail.

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