Trio arrested after Hemet traffic stop

HEMET — A traffic enforcement stop for expired and obstructed registration tags led to the arrest yesterday afternoon of two men and a woman and the recovery of two apparent handguns, which may have been very realistic-looking replicas.


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City of Hemet Gang Impact Team members were proactively patrolling within the city shortly after 1 p.m., when they spotted a silver Toyota Corolla with obstructed registration tags.

While searching a car during a traffic stop Hemet PD Gang Impact Team members located what appeared to be two handguns or realistic-looking replicas. Gary Rainwater/RCNS photo

Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop and the driver pulled into the Lyons Market parking lot at the intersection of Florida and Lyon avenues.

Officers contacted three people from inside the vehicle and eventually searched the car, finding two apparent handguns or realistic-looking replicas and drug paraphernalia. Officers also determined the trio had warrants and other issues that ultimately led to the arrest of all three for various charges and their warrants.

After their arrests, the trio was transported to Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta where they were each booked on various charges; however it was not immediately known which charges were related to the stop and which were related to active arrest warrants.

A jail records search revealed Hector Gerardo Lozano, 28, was booked into jail on suspicion of second degree burglary, vandalism, possession of a controlled substance, and failure to appear in court or pay a fine. He remains in custody on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at an unspecified court, Dec. 3.

Raelene Anneliese Kupgisch, 28, was booked for disorderly conduct/loitering, and she was released a few hours later with a citation and promise to appear in court.

Eduardo G. Haro was booked on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and he was also released within hours of his arrest with a citation.

Hemet PD has not yet released any information about this traffic stop or arrests and anyone with information about Lozano, Kupgisch, or Haro, is encouraged to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can refer to incident file numbers 18-11628 and/or 18-11629 and can remain anonymous.

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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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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