Officials investigating after man tried to lure teen into car

MENIFEE — Authorities are investigating a suspicious incident in Menifee involving an adult male who reportedly tried to entice a 15-year-old girl into his car early Thursday evening, Nov. 29. The alleged incident happened in the busy parking lot of a shopping center near the intersection of Newport and Murrieta roads, according to officials investigating the incident.


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Deputies assigned to Menifee Police Station responded to the shopping center shortly after 5 p.m., after the girl reported the suspicious person to a family member. That family member then called 911 to report the incident, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. John Burke later explained.

Deputies investigating the reported incident learned the 15-year-old victim was leaving a retail store when a man she did not know attempted to engage her in conversation. The man, who has not yet been identified, was reportedly standing next to a parked car and asked the teen if she wanted to get into his vehicle and leave with him.

Deputies searched the area for the man, who had already left the parking lot prior to their arrival, and they were not immediately able to locate or identify the subject.

Menifee PD is continuing to investigate the incident and have asked that anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Owen at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number ME183330084 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Writer’s note: Facebook’s Menifee News reported yesterday’s disturbing incident differently from how Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported their investigation in an official press release. A request sent to RSO for clarification of the obvious discrepancies has not yet been responded to.

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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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