MURRIETA: Two arrested after violent encounter and theft from Home Depot

Trevor Montgomery

MURRIETA – Murrieta Police officers arrested two subjects after they allegedly stole over $700 from a Home Depot in Murrieta. One of the subjects reportedly hit and knocked down a female employee while fleeing the location.

On Feb. 22, Murrieta Police Dispatch received a call at about 7:30 p.m., from the Home Depot located on Madison Avenue. The 911 call was about an adult male that had just fled the store with several items he did not pay for.

The employee was able to provide a vehicle description, license plate and direction of travel to the dispatcher who then relayed that information to patrol officers.

After receiving the call, some officers began searching the area for the vehicle based on the description provided by the victim and witnesses. Additional officers responded to the Home Depot to interview the employee who witnessed the crime.

During their investigation, officers learned that the suspect, later identified as Jason Zuck, was confronted by an unidentified female store employee as he attempted to flee with the stolen items. Zuck refused to return the items and then hit the employee with his body knocking her down as he ran out the door into a waiting vehicle.

While officers interviewed the victim, a Murrieta K9 Officer spotted the vehicle entering the northbound I-215 freeway and conducted a traffic stop.

Officers conducted a records check on both subjects, identified as Jason Zuck, 33, of Homeland and Eric Raymond Bianco, 21, of Hemet. Officers learned Zuck was on PRCS (Post Community Supervision) probation for burglary and both subjects had extensive criminal histories.


Jason Zuck of Homeland was arrested for robbery after an incident at a Murrieta Home Depot


Eric Bianco of Hemet was arrested for robbery after an incident at a Murrieta Home Depot.

A search of the vehicle subsequent to the terms of Zuck’s probation was conducted and items reported as stolen from Home Depot were located inside the vehicle.

The employee who was allegedly hit and knocked down by Zuck was able to positively identify him as the subject who had hit her as he fled.

In a press release, Lieutenant Tony Conrad wrote, “It should be noted that Jason Zuck is an AB109 probationer.  AB109, also known as Post Release Community Supervision, was signed into law in November 2011. It allows thousands of less serious offenders to remain out of custody and on probation, while they would have previously been eligible for prison.”

Officers arrested both Zuck and Bianco and they were booked into the Southwest Detention Center. The stolen items, valued at over $700, were returned to the store.

Zuck was booked for eight felonies and one misdemeanor, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, Post Release Community Supervision violation, prior strike enhancement charge, and a prior strike enhancement charge. He is being held without bail at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

Bianco was booked for for seven felonies, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, prior strike enhancement and a prior prison strike enhancement. He was also charged with attempting to smuggle a control substance into a correctional facility. He is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

Both subjects are expected to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on Mar. 7 at 8:30 a.m.


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UPDATE: Drugs and alcohol contributing factors in crash that killed 3 Hemet teens in Murrieta, officials announce

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A makeshift cross now sits near the scene of yesterday’s fatal triple car accident.

A makeshift cross now sits near the scene of the fatal car accident.

MURRIETA – Toxicology reports from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office and a press release recently issued from the Murrieta Police Department have finally begun to shed new light into a fatal accident in Murrieta that took the lives of three young Hemet residents.

The coroner’s office identified the three teens killed in the fatal traffic collision on Winchester Road on Jan. 16, as Anthony Aleman, 16, Kennedy Kile III, 13, and Tate Herman, 18. All three teens were residents of Hemet.

Murrieta Police Lieutenant Tony Conrad, explained in a press release, “As part of the autopsy and investigation into this incident, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office conducted toxicology tests. The results by Murrieta Traffic Investigators confirmed that both drugs and alcohol were contributing factors in the collision. Specific toxicology results on each of the vehicle’s occupants will not be released.”

“An opened bottle of hard liquor, half empty, was found at the scene of the collision,” Conrad wrote. “This bottle, as well as another identical sealed full bottle found in the vehicle, was later determined to have been shop-lifted from a liquor store in Hemet earlier in the evening.”

The Crash that changed three families’ lives forever

The tragic incident unfolded early Saturday morning, Jan. 16, when the three teens were killed in a single-vehicle rollover traffic collision.

Murrieta police responded to the 1:48 a.m crash. According to police officials, the fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Winchester Road and Max Gillis Blvd.

Upon arrival, officers found a destroyed, silver, 2002 Lexus 300 in a field. At the time, officials stated the car appeared to have veered off the road immediately preceding the accident.

Firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene of the fatal accident, however the driver and two passengers were found unresponsive. Emergency first responders pronounced all three teens dead at the scene.

Some questions finally being answered

“The Murrieta Police Department’s Traffic Bureau is still completing the traffic collision investigation, but are now been able to answer several key questions about the collision from the investigation that has been completed so far,” according to Conrad.

“Murrieta Traffic Investigators determined the driver lost control of the vehicle at a speed significantly higher than the posted limit of 55 mph. This part of the investigation is still ongoing, and the vehicle’s actual speed has not been determined,” Conrad wrote. “No other vehicle was involved in the collision, and the investigation has not revealed any mechanical problems with the 2002 Lexus IS300.”

“A single witness northbound on Winchester Road observed the southbound Winchester Road Lexus lose control at an estimated 90 mph, hit the guard rail, and leave the roadway,” according to Conrad. “The investigation determined none of the occupants were ejected. All were wearing their seat belts and located in their seats at the point of rest west off Winchester Road in a dirt field.”

During their investigation into the fatal traffic collision, Murrieta PD officials determined the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident was 16-year-old Anthony Aleman. The young man did not have a valid driver’s license, according to Conrad. On the evening of the accident, Aleman reportedly snuck out and took the vehicle from family members without their knowledge, while they were asleep.

“The right front seat passenger was 13 year old Kile Kennedy, and the rear seat passenger was 18 year old Tate Herman,” Conrad wrote.

“No criminal charges are being filed with the Riverside District Attorney in this case,” according to Conrad. “This decision is based on several factors, including the fact that the car was taken without permission by the driver without the knowledge of family members, and the fact that the alcohol located in the vehicle was shop lifted earlier in the evening by the deceased occupants of the car.”


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Man arrested in Hemet after attempted carjacking and fighting with officers

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12743862_1268854513141018_2084324601022347604_nHEMET – Officers arrested a San Diego man on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, after he attempted to steal a vehicle from an auto dealership and then tried to carjack at least one or more vehicles that were stopped at a light, at the intersection of West Florida and Cawston Avenues. The suspect then allegedly attacked and fought with responding officers and later tried to attack a nurse.

The City of Hemet emergency communications center received several calls about a suspect who was attempting to carjack passing vehicles in the 4100 block of W. Florida Ave. just before 2:00 p.m. Multiple callers reported the man was trying to get into vehicles that were stopped for the traffic signal.

Based on the information being provided by terrified motorists, officers rushed to the area to assist. Officers located the man, who was later identified as Antwione Ewing, 24, in the 4100 block of W. Florida Ave.

Ewing refused to comply with the officers’ commands and he began to fight with the officers as they attempted to detain him. Responding officers managed to detain Ewing, however he reportedly continued to fight with and kick at the officers as they walked him to their vehicle.

Once officers had Ewing detained, they conducted an investigation into the man’s erratic behavior and dangerous actions. The officers’ investigation revealed that Ewing first forcefully stole a set of keys from a car dealership in the 4100 block of W. Florida Ave., trying to steal a car from the dealership. When Ewing was unable to find the vehicle the keys belonged to, he then attempted to carjack a car from a female victim who had stopped for the red light. Despite his efforts, Ewing was unable to get into the victim’s vehicle, due to her doors being locked.

Ewing was later positively identified as the suspect by both of the victims. Neither of the victims were injured during the incidents, according to Hemet Police officials.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Ewing for robbery, attempted carjacking and resisting arrest.

Officers transported Ewing to a local hospital for medical clearance, where he again fought with the officers escorting him and later attempted to assault a nurse attempting to provide him medical treatment.

After being medically cleared, Ewing was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 25, at 8 a.m.

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BLYTHE: Infant’s death being investigated as homicide

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BLYTHE – Riverside County Sheriff’s officials are conducting a homicide investigation after a 6-month-old died under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday Feb. 23.

At about 7:15 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Blythe-Colorado River Station were contacted by medical personnel from the Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, regarding a possible child abuse investigation.

Doctors, nurses, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who work directly with children are among those who are mandated reporters for all cases of suspected child abuse and neglect.

When deputies arrived hospital staff informed them that the infant had succumbed to their injuries after medical intervention had failed and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators from the Blythe Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the hospital and assumed the investigation.

“The name of the child is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin,” Riverside Sheriff Sergeant Walter Mendez said. “No arrests have been made and due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Dan Moody of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3525, or Investigator Matt Morelock of the Blythe Station at (760) 921-5769. Callers can refer to incident file number A160540014 and can remain anonymous.


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Shooting in Jurupa Valley leaves one dead, one injured

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JURUPA VALLEY – Few details have been released after one victim was killed and another was wounded after a shooting in Jurupa Valley on Saturday, Feb. 20.

At about 12:15 a.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s emergency communications center received a 911 call about a shooting in the 4000 block of Pedley Road, in Jurupa Valley. Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the emergency call.

Upon arrival, deputies located two victims suffering gunshot wounds. An adult male, who has not yet been identified, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics treated the second victim, identified only as an adult female, before they transported her to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In a press release from the sheriff’s department, Sergeant Rob Thompson wrote, “Jurupa Valley investigators and investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. This investigation is ongoing and the victims’ identities are being withheld pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.”

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Investigator Mullins of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Investigator Pierson from the Jurupa Valley Station (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV16051001 and can remain anonymous.


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