Ex-con arrested for Jurupa Valley attempted murder, carjacking

JURUPA VALLEY —  A man who officials allege was involved in a series of violent crimes this month was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 7. He was arrested on Fort Street, in Jurupa Valley and later booked on a dozen felony charges, according to officials and jail records.

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Members of the Region 7 Regional Gang Task Force were conducting a follow-up investigation into a shooting that occurred Nov. 3, in the 5800 block of Samantha Place in Jurupa Valley. The alleged gunman fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival and the shooting left a victim with two non-fatal gunshot wounds, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Padilla.

Jurupa Valley resident George Ayala was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with attempted murder, carjacking, and ten other felonies. RSO photo

“During the course of the investigation, Task Force Officers identified 25-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, George Eduardo Ayala, a documented gang member, as the person responsible for the shooting,” Padilla explained after Ayala’s arrest.

As their investigation into the shooting was continuing officials determined Ayala was involved in an unrelated armed car-jacking, which occurred four days earlier, Saturday, Nov. 3, and was in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Both unrelated incidents occurred in the Jurupa Valley area, according to Padilla.

After Ayala’s arrest he was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of attempted murder with a firearm, armed carjacking, possession of a stolen vehicle, and membership in a criminal street gang.

Along with his other charges, Ayala was also charged with robbery, felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Ayala made his first court appearance yesterday afternoon at Riverside Hall Of Justice where he was appointed a public defender and he is scheduled back in court Nov. 21. He remains in custody on $1.74 million bail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest or Ayala’s alleged criminal activity is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734. Callers can refer to incident file number JV183110002 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of 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 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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