Good Hope man arrested after attempted armed robbery

GOOD HOPE — A man was arrested after officials say he attempted to rob Harb’s Market, in the 22700 block of San Jacinto Ave. in the unincorporated community of Good Hope, Thursday evening, June 6. Although officials say the alleged suspect used an assault weapon during the robbery attempt, nobody was injured and no money was received. The alleged suspect was later located and arrested at a residence barely a half-mile from the business he attempted to rob.


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Deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station responded to the market around 8:30 p.m., after a clerk at the business called 911 and reported the attempted robbery, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken later wrote in a press release after the incident and arrest.

“Initial reports indicated an individual was inside the business with an assault weapon,” Ricken reported.

“It was learned the suspect demanded cash or he would ‘kill’ the clerk,” Ricken continued. “When the cash was not turned over quick enough the suspect, who was later identified as 41-year-old Jesus Rodriguez-Sandoval, from the Good Hope area, fled the location on a bicycle.”

 As the investigation was getting underway, deputies established a perimeter around the area where Rodriguez-Sandoval was last seen and began searching for the bicycle-riding suspect.

Deputies searching for the armed suspect soon learned Rodriguez-Sandoval was known to frequent a residence in the 40 block of Barbara Dr. After responding to the area, deputies spotted the alleged suspect as he was exiting a residential yard and he was taken into custody without incident. Deputies also located the weapon reportedly used in the robbery attempt.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Rodriguez-Sandoval and he was later transported to Cois Byrd Detention Center. Jail records indicate he was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, brandishing a firearm, making criminal threats, attempted robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He remains in custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center June 11.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Christopher Frey or Deputy Jarrod Meissen at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number F191570041 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit an anonymous 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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