MEAD VALLEY: Officials track down and arrest alleged murder suspect in South Gate
MEAD VALLEY — Very few details have been released, but officials say they arrested a man they allege murdered a Good Hope resident. The alleged suspect was arrested Monday, Oct. 2, the day after the Sunday, Oct. 1 homicide.
The murder happened on the 21000 block of Byron Street, west of Brown and north of Martin Streets, in the unincorporated community of Mead Valley.
Sheriff’s officials tracked the alleged suspect to the City of South Gate where they arrested 21-year-old, Jesus Plancarte. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of murder with malice and reckless driving.
The victim was identified as Joel Cisneros, 41, of Good Hope, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station responded to the Byron Street residence after officials received the report of a deceased person found at the location.
When deputies arrived they located Cisneros. He had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Officials have not specified how or if the two men knew each other and they have not specified the nature or extent of Cisneros’ fatal injuries.
Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Perris Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the location and assumed the investigation.
During their investigation, officials gathered leads and developed information that led them to South Gate in Los Angeles County, where they ultimately located and arrested Plancarte. He was arrested about 8:30 p.m. and booked into jail shortly before 1 a.m. the following morning.
Officials have not yet specified how Cisneros was killed or if there is a known motive for the murder.
“Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time,” said Brosche.
A jail records search indicated Plancarte remains in custody and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall Of Justice Oct. 5.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Vasquez of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3529, or Investigator Salisbury of the Perris Station at (951) 210-1046. Callers can refer to incident file number PC172740010 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
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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, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries 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 27 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 14 grandchildren.