Victim, repeatedly stabbed during home invasion at Desert Palms MHP, critically injured
HEMET — Officials are investigating after a group of men allegedly stormed a Hemet mobile home and repeatedly stabbed a man late Sunday night, May 13, before fleeing the area on foot. According to witnesses at the scene, the uncooperative victim sustained multiple stab wounds and was eventually rushed to an area hospital.
City of Hemet Police and Fire personnel along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the Desert Palms Mobile Home Park, located at 1097 North State Street in Hemet, after receiving reports of a stabbing at the location.
Officers began arriving within minutes of the dispatched call and located the bloody victim, described as an adult male, laying on the ground in front of space 15.
“The victim was suffering from major stab wounds,” Eddie George and John Strangis of Eye News Media reported from the scene. “According to witnesses, multiple subjects were seen storming the residence … attacking the victim and fleeing on foot.” (Click here to view Eye News Media’s 5 minute video from the scene.)
The victim was reportedly uncooperative with police and other rescue personnel and Timothy Franzese of Public Safety Incidents reported the man was argumentative and combative with officials and had to be calmed down and coaxed to go to the hospital.
“He was alert and talking,” Franzese explained, “but he was stabbed multiple times.”
According to Franzese, rescue personnel at the scene advised that the victim had not been stabbed in any vital locations and was expected to survive.
AMR eventually managed to load the uncooperative victim into a waiting ambulance and rushed him to an area hospital for further treatment.
After the victim was transported from the scene, blood soaked towels, the victim’s bloody shoes, pools of blood, and medical debris remained in front of a blue mobile home with white trim. The items and other evidence were documented, photographed and collected at the scene.
As the investigation was getting underway, officials cordoned off the area surrounding the mobile home where the victim was attacked and kept curious onlookers and residents of the park away from the crime scene. Based on the circumstances, Hemet PD detectives and forensic technicians responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.
There is no known motive for the attack yet and no suspects have been publicly identified. Officials have not released any details or information regarding the incident or their investigation, which is active and ongoing and it was not known if officers have any leads to follow-up on at this time.
Police are searching for help identifying the attackers, and officials at the scene requested any available details or tips regarding their ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the stabbing is encouraged to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.
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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.