PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 17, 2017

Anza resident Spencer Hayes was allegedly kidnapped Aug. 7 and found safe the following day.

Alleged kidnapping victim located safely

Riverside County Sheriff deputies assigned to the Hemet Station responded to the 51000 Block of Deer Springs Trail in Anza regarding an alleged kidnapping on Aug. 7 at approximately 9:17 a.m.
The investigation revealed three unidentified Hispanic male adults and one unidentified white female adult arrived at the residence at approximately 3 a.m. and contacted the victim, identified as 28-year-old Anza resident Spencer Hayes, according to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Two of the suspects allegedly brandished handguns and forced the victim to cut down and give them some marijuana plants that he had been cultivating at the location. The victim then left the residence with the suspects in their vehicle. At the time, Hayes was considered to have been abducted against his will. The following day, Hayes was located safe and unharmed. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Weber at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 800-950-2444.


Jesus Sanchez Ponce, 39 of Mecca, is wanted as a person of interest in a Perris double homicide. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Perris double homicide suspect sought

On Sunday, Aug. 13 at about 11 p.m., deputies from the Perris Station responded to the 25000 block of Waldon Road in Menifee regarding a call of an unknown trouble. Upon arrival deputies located two deceased Hispanic male adults. Both sustained gunshot injuries that caused their deaths, according to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators from the Perris Station and Central Homicide Unit responded, assumed the investigation and identified Jesus Sanchez Ponce, age 39 of Mecca, as a suspect in this case. Ponce should be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen driving a brown 2007 GMC Sierra pickup truck with California license number 8H85193. The names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin can be notified. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Alfaro from the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3528. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.



Major injury traffic collision with road closure

On Aug. 13, at 5:55 p.m., officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to a report of a major injury traffic collision at the intersection of Krameria Avenue and Cosmos Street in the city of Moreno Valley.

Officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department, Moreno Valley Fire Department personnel and AMR paramedics arrived within minutes and discovered a motorcycle and commercial vehicle had collided together, according to Sgt. Brian De Marco of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The rider of the motorcycle was coherent, treated for his injuries and transported by paramedics to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the commercial vehicle was uninjured. It is unknown if alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor to this collision.

Members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and are investigating this collision. The intersection of Krameria Avenue and Cosmos Street was closed during this investigation, which reopened on Aug. 14.


Unsafe motorist enforcement results in 40 citations and 1 arrest

The Perris Police Department conducted a specialized Motorist Safety Enforcement Operation last Thursday in an effort to lower deaths and injuries caused by traffic collisions.  Officers patrolled areas in the city of Perris where crashes frequently occur, according to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Officers were specifically looking for motorists committing unsafe driving actions that lead to crashes. During this operation, the following enforcement actions were taken:

• 41 vehicles were stopped.
• 40 drivers were cited for unsafe driving actions.
• One driver was arrested and booked for an outstanding arrest warrant.
• Four vehicles were towed.
• Four drivers were cited and released for driving without a license.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, inattention, stop sign/signal violators and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.  The Perris Police Department is reminding all motorists to always be alert and follow the rules of the road. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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