MURRIETA: Arsonist with long arrest history apprehended after starting fire

MURRIETA — Police officials have announced the arrest of a Murrieta resident suspected of setting at least one field ablaze in Murrieta. Murrieta police officers made the arrest after witnesses reportedly saw the suspect start a brush fire in the area of Hayes Avenue and Kalmia Street in Murrieta, Monday, May 22.

Murrieta PD officers arrested 34-year-old Murrieta resident Matthew Hulbert after he allegedly started a field fire.

After an investigation, authorities arrested 34-year-old, Matthew Thomas Hulbert and he was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of arson.

An online jail records search revealed Hulbert remains in custody, held on $35,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta May 25.

Officers began their arson investigation at 6:21 p.m., when City of Murrieta emergency dispatchers received “numerous emergency calls” regarding a brush fire, Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad explained in a written press release after the fire and arrest.

“Several callers reported seeing a suspicious male subject leaving the area on foot shortly after the fire had started,” said Conrad.

City of Murrieta Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene of the fire, arriving within minutes of the dispatched call.

While firefighters began an aggressive attack on the brush fire, some officers assisted with crowd and vehicular traffic control while other officials began investigating the origin of the suspicious fire and officers immediately began searching for the man callers described seeing walking away from the field after the fire was started.

Based on additional information gathered during the investigation the fire was confirmed to be a valid arson.

One eagle-eyed citizen directed officers to an area where the suspect had been seen shortly after the fire started, Conrad explained. “Several officers, including a police bloodhound, responded to the neighborhood and conducted a thorough search (of the) area.”

About one hour after their search began, officers located the alleged suspect hiding inside his residence. Officials detained the man, who was identified as Hulbert, without incident, according to Conrad.

Officers determined Hulbert was on Post Release Community Supervision “for battery on an officer as well as having an extensive criminal history with convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, battery on emergency personnel, resisting officers and DUI,” said Conrad.

Witnesses who originally called in the arson fire “positively identified (Hulbert) as being the same subject that was seen leaving the field when the fire had started,” Conrad continued.

Based on the witness statements and evidence collected at the scene, authorities arrested Hulbert.

“It should be noted that Mr. Hulbert is a product of Assembly Bill 109,” Conrad said after the arrest. “Local communities like Murrieta have felt the effects of Assembly Bill 109, and (this) arrest demonstrates the impact of these mandates on the citizens of Murrieta.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout California have overwhelmingly and vocally come out against Assembly Bill 109, also known as “the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011,” as well as voter-approved Propositions 47 and 57.

“(They have) created serious burdens for law enforcement and the judicial system,” said Conrad, who explained, “AB 109 shifted responsibility for managing “non-serious, non-violent” felons from the state to counties, ratcheting up the strain on local jail space and is responsible for the early release of a large number of offenders into California communities. Prop 47, passed in November of 2014, has added to the burden by reducing numerous drug and property crimes to misdemeanors.”

“The Murrieta Police Department recognizes the concerns associated with these mandates,” Conrad continued, “and we continue to proactively arrest the AB 109 offenders that victimize our residents.”

Conrad took the opportunity to remind citizens that many recent arrests were initiated by “alert citizens” who called 911 to report suspicious activity.

“We encourage our residents to stay vigilant in their reporting of crime, as was the case with this arrest,” Conrad concluded.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or who witnessed the arson fire or knows of other suspicious fires is encouraged to contact Murrieta police officials at (951) 304-2677. Callers can refer to incident file number 1705M-5549 and can remain anonymous.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

MURRIETA: Suspect arrested after pursuit, officer-involved shooting

MURRIETA – Details are still emerging after Murrieta police officers were involved in an early-morning, officer involved shooting Thursday, May 18. The shooting happened during a dangerous vehicle pursuit in Murrieta.

The shooting left the suspect’s vehicle, described as a light-colored SUV “riddled with bullet holes,” area resident Penny Whitman said after the pursuit and officer-involved shooting.

The alleged suspect was later identified as Richard Gene Gates Jr., 41, of Lake Elsinore. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, recklessly evading peace officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

The incident began about 1:36 a.m., when a City of Murrieta police officer spotted an “erratic” driver in the area of California Oaks Road and Jackson Avenue, Murrieta Police Lt. Ron Driscoll said after incident.

Based on Gates’ behavior and observed driving actions, the officer believed the man was possibly impaired or driving under the influence and the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle.

In spite of the officer’s lights and siren, Gates, sped away from the officer. As the pursuit continued, additional officers quickly joined the chase.

The pursuit continued through city streets to a cul-de-sac on the 24000 block of Whitaker Way near Vineyard Parkway.

“The vehicle drove to the end of Whitaker Way and the driver maneuvered his vehicle in an attempt to flee the area,” Driscoll explained. “It was during this time that an officer involved shooting occurred.”

After the officer-involved shooting, Gates continued to flee from pursuing officers.

As the pursuit continued, an officer managed to successfully use a set of spike strips to disable Gate’s vehicle and help bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion.

“Although the vehicle was slightly affected by the use of the Spike Strip, the suspect was able to drive to the area of Washington Avenue and Kalmia Street,” said Driscoll.

Gates eventually turned east onto Kalmia Street from Washington Avenue at which time a pursuing officer managed to use his patrol vehicle to pin the vehicle when Gates attempted to turn after driving off the roadway.

Officers quickly converged on Gates’ disabled and pinned vehicle; however the fleeing man refused to be taken into custody peacefully and he allegedly resisted arrest.

Officers eventually overpowered and subdued Gates and he was taken into custody.

Although Gates was not injured as a result of the officer involved shooting, the fleeing and combative man “sustained minor injuries during the struggle,” Driscoll explained. “No officers were injured as a result of the pursuit, or while taking the suspect into custody.”

After his arrest, officers booked Gates int jail.

While authorities investigated the shooting and pursuit, they called for the temporary closure of Kalmia Street between Adams and Washington Avenue. The area was re-opened several hours later after officials concluded their initial investigation.

The officer involved in the shooting has not been identified by officials.

Murrieta PD’s Detective Bureau is investigating the shooting and subsequent pursuit.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Roy Vargas at (951) 461-6307 or by e-mail. Anonymous tips can also be provided through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

Jack-knifed big rig on I-15 Freeway wreaks havoc on evening commute

A jack-knifed big-rig on the northbound I-15 Freeway near SR 79 south has reportedly caused a major back up through the Temecula Valley.

Northbound traffic is backed up several miles, with evening commuters stuck in heavy congestion well past the Rainbow Valley Boulevard exit. Southbound traffic is backed up in the area as well, with commuters slowing to see the activity along the other side of the freeway.

CHP officials are on scene and working to clear the roadway and ease congestion through the area.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

TEMECULA: CHP announces planned school-zone traffic enforcement operation

TEMECULA – California Highway Patrol officials announced that as part of their ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Southwest Riverside County they will be conducting a traffic enforcement operation that will focus on traffic safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on streets near Temecula area schools. The enforcement operation will take place Wednesday, May 17, at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School in Temecula.

CHP’s stated goal is to “raise public awareness” and to “educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and bicycling,” CHP Public Information Officer Mike Lassig said in a written press release.

During the traffic safety operation, CHP officers will be conducting traffic enforcement operations within school zones identified as having a high number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

Officers will be watching for right-of-way violations, speeding, failing to obey crossing guards, and other common school zone violations, according to officials.

“These enforcement operations are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians,” Lassig explained. “The CHP conducts these enforcement operations in response to community requests and to educate the public on the rules when traveling through a school zone.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

TEMECULA: Missing Temecula man found “uninjured and under no duress”

TEMECULA – A man who was reported missing Saturday, April 8 was found safe and uninjured Saturday, May 13. The man was found just over one month after he was reported missing.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Temecula Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing team began searching for Mabry after he was reported missing by his family.

Deputies found the missing man in a creek bed adjacent to the intersection of Temecula Parkway and Old Town Front Street. Officials who found Mabry reported that he was “uninjured and under no duress,” according to authorities.

After deputies found Mabry, Saturday, May 13, they arrested him without incident for outstanding warrants regarding charges of burglary and indecent exposure. He was booked at the Southwest Detention Center, Sgt. Steve Fredericks explained after Mabry was located.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

TEMECULA – Officials are asking for the public’s help finding a missing Temecula resident, after the man was reported missing Saturday, April 8. According to officials, 32-year-old, Jonathan Mabry left his residence after a “disagreement with a family member.”

Mabry is 5’09”, 175 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has not been seen or heard from since April 9,” sheriff’s officials said in a press release after Mabry’s disappearance.

After he left his home, Mabry was believed to be “associating with transients” in the Temecula area and possibly living in the creek bed near the intersection of Temecula Parkway and Old Town Front Street, according to officials.

“Mabry may exhibit signs of mental illness and is likely in need of mental health care,” said Sgt. Steve Fredericks said after the investigation began.

Anyone who has seen Mabry, or has information about his whereabouts, is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (951) 696-3000, Officer Jeret McClellan, or Officer Todd Johnson at (951) 696-3000 or Riverside County Sheriff Dispatch at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number TE171270064 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.