Man assaults boys playing football, arrested after returning with gun

LAKE ELSINORE — A man, angry about a group of juveniles playing football in a residential Lake Elsinore neighborhood, was arrested after attempting to assault the minors before leaving and returning to the scene with a loaded handgun Saturday afternoon, April 13. The incident happened in the area of Cedarhill Lane and Rosewood Court, according to officials.


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Deputies responded to the neighborhood around 3:45 p.m., after receiving reports of a disturbance in the area, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Fredericks later reported. 911 callers reported the altercation involved several juveniles and a man later identified as Donald Charles Brandt, 33, of Lake Elsinore.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies learned Brandt confronted several teenagers who had been playing football in the street. 

“An altercation ensued when Brandt attempted to assault the juveniles,” Fredericks explained.  “Brandt was struck with a punch, and threatened to return with a handgun.”

Fearing for their safety, the boys fled to nearby homes and reported the incident and threats.

Donald Brandt, 33, was arrested after trying to assault several boys playing football in a Lake Elsinore neighborhood. He later returned with a gun after he was punched by one of the boys. RSO booking photo

When deputies arrived, they located Brandt in his vehicle on Rosewood Ct. After detaining him, deputies discovered Brandt was in possession of a loaded and concealed firearm.

Although Brandt sustained minor injuries when he was punched by one of the juveniles during the altercation, none of the involved parties sustained serious injuries, according to Fredericks.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Brandt and he was later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of making criminal threats, possession of a concealed handgun, and child endangerment. Jail records indicate Brandt was released from custody within hours of being booked, after posting $35,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside’s Hall Of Justice, June 10.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Darrin Miller of the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L191030076 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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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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