EASTVALE: Woman, 81, hospitalized after robbed of “large sum of money” in her garage
EASTVALE — An 81-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was confronted and robbed of her purse after pulling into the garage of her home, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10. The robbery and attack happened on the 6200 block of Arcadia Street, southeast of the intersection of Limonite and Harrison Avenues, in Eastvale.
Yesterday’s robbery was reported just one and one half miles west of a Ralph’s grocery store where another woman was robbed at gunpoint four days earlier, shortly after midnight, Saturday morning, Jan. 6.
Officials have not stated the incidents were related; however the two incidents have Eastvale area residents on edge and both investigations are still active and ongoing.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Eastvale Police Station responded to the residence just before 5 p.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting the robbery, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Portillo explained after the incident and investigation.
Investigating deputies arrived within minutes of the dispatched call and found the 81-year-old victim.
“The incident occurred in her garage after the victim exited her car to walk inside the house,” said Portillo. “As a result of the robbery, the victim received a non-life-threatening injury. She was treated at a local area hospital.”
According to Portillo the elderly victim’s purse contained a “large sum of money.” Officials did not specify the amount stolen from the victim or speculate how the suspect might have known the victim was in possession of the cash.
Due to the ongoing investigation, which is still in it’s early stages, officials have not released any additional details.
Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Johnson at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number EV180100027 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or wetip.com.
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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as 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, 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.