SJ valley “Zero Tolerance” enforcement sweep nets 43

SAN JACINTO VALLEY — Last Friday the 13th was a very unlucky day for forty-three criminals who were arrested for sixty-eight criminal violations, including fifteen felonies, during a “Zero Tolerance” enforcement operation. During the coordinated Dec. 13 sweep, authorities from nearly a dozen agencies partnered to serve forty-six warrants, including three felony and forty-three misdemeanor warrants.

The focus of the operation “was to apprehend any and all subjects found to be in violation of any crime,” according to officials who said the goal of the operation and arresting those offenders was to “improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of these communities.”

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Friday’s operation began early that morning at a staging and control center where a makeshift mobile booking and processing area were established at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station in Valle Vista. Several mobile command center RV’s were brought to the staging area to assist officials with the day-long enforcement sweep.

Officials from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Hemet Police Department, Gang Task Force, Murrieta Police Department, Animal Control, Riverside County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections-Parole, Riverside County Cal-ID fanned out throughout the San Jacinto valley to search for and apprehend anyone in violation of their parole or probation terms or who had outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Paramedics from Hemet Tactical Emergency Medical Services and American Medical Response were also on hand for the day-long operation, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton reported after the successful sweep.

A deputy arrests a man during Friday’s day-long “Zero Tolerance” enforcement operation. Leonard Purvis photo

As Friday’s sweep was getting underway, officials received information regarding a potential armed robbery that was going to occur within the City of San Jacinto, Hemet Sheriff’s Cpt. Leonard Purvis later reported. Swift-acting deputies were able to foil the armed robbery, which had been planned by three juveniles in San Jacinto, and located and arrested the suspects as they were on their way to commit the robbery, according to the Cpt.

“Members participating in the operation were instrumental in apprehending the three juvenile suspects who intended to commit the robbery,” Purvis explained.

As the operation continued throughout the day and into the evening, a steady stream of arrestees were brought to the staging and command center where they were processed and then transported to area jails.

During the enforcement operation officials seized more than fifty grams of methamphetamine, 110 grams of marijuana, three bottles of prescription pills and a small quantity of heroin. One occupied stolen vehicle was also recovered and the driver was arrested. 

The following subjects were arrested during this operation:

  • 35-year-old Hemet resident Joshua Morris for Under the Influence, Probation Violation and Resisting Arrest
  • 51-year-old Hemet resident Adam Spiking for Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of a Switchblade and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant
  • 72-year-old San Jacinto resident Richard Cobos for Parole Violation
  • 24-year-old San Jacinto resident Gustavo Pena for Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of Controlled Substances
  • 43-year-old San Jacinto resident Joseph Moreno for Probation Violation and Possession of Controlled Substances
  • 43-year-old San Jacinto resident Sacha Schuilenburg for Probation Violation
  • 35-year-old Hemet resident Jacqueline Smith for Probation Violation, Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of Paraphernalia
  • 62-year-old San Jacinto resident Cornell Harrison for Felon in Possession of Ammunition
  • 30-year-old San Jacinto resident Edward Hernandez for Felon in Possession of Ammunition
  • 61-year-old San Jacinto resident Sandra Jackson for three misdemeanor warrants
  • 28-year-old Hemet resident Ryan Mason for Parole Violation
  • 38-year-old Idyllwild resident Jolene Solorio for four misdemeanor warrants
  • 32-year-old San Jacinto resident Starlette Thompson for Spousal Battery
  • 38-year-old San Jacinto resident Guadalupe Marin for Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of a Dagger
  • 25-year-old Beaumont resident Charles Tucker for Possession of a Control Substance for Sale
  • 24-year-old San Jacinto resident Andrew Case for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia
  • 47-year-old Huntington Park resident Patricia Cabrera for two Misdemeanor Warrants
  • 29-year-old San Jacinto resident Victor Arteaga for Possession of a Dagger and Probation Violation
  • 35-year-old Moreno Valley resident Steven Corral for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 34-year-old Hemet resident Charles Miedema for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 30-year-old Hemet resident Joshua Mason for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 52-year-old Hemet resident Brian Mason for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 27-year-old Hemet resident Iesha Moore for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 60-year-old Hemet resident Gilbert Williams for a Felony Warrant
  • 27-year-old Hemet resident Jorge Zarate for seven Misdemeanor Warrants and Possession of Paraphernalia
  • 48-year-old Hemet resident Hayson Daniels for two Misdemeanor Warrants
  • 32-year-old San Jacinto resident Antonio Gomez for two Misdemeanor Warrants
  • 48-year-old Hemet resident Richard Kane for three Misdemeanor Warrants
  • 23-year-old Hemet resident Elquan Smith for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 28-year-old Los Angeles resident Venice Hazel for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 49-year-old Fontana resident Natasha Schmidt for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 61-year-old Fontana resident Charles Stewart for four Misdemeanor Warrants and Possession of Controlled Substances
  • 29-year-old Hemet resident Hailie Carlos for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 36-year-old Hemet resident David Paugh for Expired Registration
  • 25-year-old San Jacinto resident Marc’quaus Anthony for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 32-year-old Idyllwild resident David Hills for a Stolen Vehicle
  • 58-year-old Hemet resident James Stockwell for three Misdemeanor Warrants
  • 39-year-old Hemet resident Miguel Manquera for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 44-year-old Moreno Valley resident Freddie Hafner for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • 22-year-old San Jacinto resident Angel Barrera for a Misdemeanor Warrant
  • Three juveniles were arrested for Conspiracy and Attempted Robbery

After the operation Burton said the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s goal “is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving quality of life.”

“The use of illegal drugs not only affect the individual, but also the community as illegal drug use is the root cause of many of the crimes that affect our county,” Burton continued; saying, “The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses.” 

If you suspect drug or criminal activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.  The Hemet Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 791-3400 and the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 654-2702. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Leonard Purvis photos


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.

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