Man sought after stabbing Hemet teen during after-school fight

HEMET — Authorities are searching for a man they say stabbed a juvenile during an after-school fight that involved several people Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30. The fight happened less than a half-mile from Hemet High School, near the intersection of Stetson Ave. and Aurora Dr.

The victim, who was stabbed in the upper torso, sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive, according to officials who investigated the fight and stabbing.

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Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were first alerted to the incident around 3:30 pm, after receiving reports of a stabbing involving a Hemet High School student that happened  near the school’s campus, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Gerardo Barba reported after the incident.

During their investigation deputies learned two previously expelled Hemet High School students engaged in mutual a fight.

“During the fight, the adult brother of one of the juveniles involved began fighting with a juvenile bystander,” Barba explained. “During the altercation, the adult male chased the juvenile approximately 30 feet while holding a large knife, stabbing the juvenile in the upper torso before fleeing on foot westbound on Stetson Ave.”

Officials are searching for a 26-year-old Hemet man after they say he stabbed a juvenile during an after-school fight. RSO photo

A passerby who noticed the large gathering stopped to render aid to the injured juvenile. The good Samaritan then drove the victim back to the nearby high school, where he was treated before being transported to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley for further treatment.

With the cooperation of Hemet High School administration along with anonymous students, deputies identified the alleged suspect as Angel Medrano, 26, of Hemet, according to Barba; who said enough evidence was obtained to charge Medrano with attempted murder of the juvenile.

Medrano is currently being sought at this time.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Loza at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station. at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D193030055 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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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