Targeted enforcement operation in Hemet nets three arrests

HEMET — As part of their ongoing efforts to clean up Hemet, on Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, officers contacted twelve people seen loitering in and around an RV parked outside an abandoned and unoccupied home.

The empty residence, located on the 300 block of Long St., has been the source of numerous recent complaints and yesterday’s targeted enforcement operation resulted in three arrests, the removal of the other nine individuals, the RV being towed, and the home being “red-tagged” by City Code Enforcement officials.


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In an email response to a request for further information related to yesterday’s enforcement operation, Hemet Police Lt. Nate Miller told RCNS, “Over the past few weeks, we have received complaints about people loitering around Long St. and officers have been conducting extra patrols in that area.” 

“Members of the Hemet PD ROC’s (Restoring Our Community) Team were doing just that and contacted twelve people in or around an RV and an unoccupied home on Long St.,” Miller explained.

During the ensuing investigation, officers determined three of the twelve people had outstanding warrants and all three were arrested.

“The others were advised to leave the area after Code Enforcement red-tagged the home,” Miller continued, saying, “Future extra patrols will continue to ensure compliance.”

Those arrested included Franco Eugene Saavedra, 30; Christopher Robin Goodner, 29; and Julian Daniel Almarez, 35.

Saavedra was booked into jail for warrants related to vehicle theft, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, misappropriation of lost property, petty theft, and seven counts of failure to appear in court or pay a fine.

Goodner was booked for warrants related to driving on a suspended license and possession of narcotics for sales.

Almarez was booked for warrants related to possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Online jail records indicate all three men were released within hours of being booked into jail.

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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 currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto 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 29 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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