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Moreno Valley Crime Residents May Not Be Aware Of - Stay Informed

Debra Blackwell

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According to the Riverside Sheriffs Department Press Releases, crime has been busy in 2023. Moreno Valley residents should be aware of the tick in crimes and raise awareness within their surroundings. Please keep in mind these are only crimes that have been reported. However, some of them may be very surprising. Of course, the suspects are innocent until proven guilty, and the press releases are for public informational awareness only.

As we are still early into the New Year, many unfortunate events have taken place residents may not have been aware of. And although our first report began in December 2022, it was resolved in January 2023.

· Theft and Returns: Moreno Valley Station deputies had responded to a theft report at a business in the 23900 block of Sunnymead Blvd. Unable to locate the suspect, the station's Robbery/Burglary Suppression Team assumed the investigation and identified the suspect as Caleb Johnson of Moreno Valley, allegedly responsible for several additional thefts at businesses throughout Moreno Valley, Perris, and Riverside. Serving a search warrant at the suspect's home, several thousand dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise were located along with a firearm and ammunition; Johnson is a felon and was prohibited from possessing a gun. Nevertheless, he was booked on theft-related charges, committing a felony while on bail, and possessing a firearm and ammunition. Fortunately, on January 30, 2023, the team met with retailers and returned approximately $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise to the appropriate retailers.

· Heinous: February of 2023 brought an investigation of allegations of a sexual assault of a minor in the 11000 block of Hummingbird Place in Moreno Valley. Investigators from the Moreno Valley Sheriffs Station arrested a 55-year-old suspect, David Anthony Padilla. During the investigation, it was learned that the suspect was under investigation for similar incidents in Hawaii and the city of Upland and possibly here in Moreno Valley. If anyone has additional information, don't hesitate to contact Investigator Sam at 951-486-6700.

· Young Unsuccessful Masterminds: Thus far, 2023 began an investigation into a bank fraud ring in Moreno Valley. Deputies identified suspects as being involved: Jordyn Botello – 21 years old; Peter Botello – 20 years old; Jairo Contreras – 20 years old; Ryan Cortez – 19 years old; Christian Cortez-Ruvalcaba – 22 years old, and Daniel Molina – 19 years old. These very young unsuccessful masterminds also possessed multitudes of firearms and ammunition, 11 grams of cocaine, over 100 M-30 Fentanyl pills, over one pound of marijuana, digital scales, and packaging. In addition, several blank checks, several debit cards, used bank cards and receipts, over forty thousand dollars, and ten stolen CPC modules used to operate big rig trucks were located as well. All suspects were taken into custody and booked on various charges, including fraud, weapons violations, and controlled substance violations. This undertaking included the Moreno Valley Sheriff's Station Special Enforcement Team – Gang Unit, committed to creating a safe, secure neighborhood free of violent crime and gang activity.

· This criminal is rarely caught. However, this porch pirate, Gilbert Hernandez, was seen when the Moreno Valley Sheriff's Station Robbery Burglary Suppression Team became aware of a post on social media. The team identified the suspect and was consequently booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on theft, violation of parole, and possession of a controlled substance. Also arrested was another resident of Moreno Valley, Esnelia Zapata, who was wanted in connection with an ongoing fraud and theft investigation.

· Not what the homeowners envisioned for their remodel: A reported burglary of a vacant home in the 24000 block of Sandbow Street in Moreno Valley led Moreno Valley deputies to a scene of evidence of illegal drug trafficking. The new homeowners were remodeling their new purchase when they were startled to find people stealing tools and squatting inside the home. Aside from thievery, deputies ultimately recovered over 17 pounds of methamphetamine. Identifying Scott Wall from Moreno Valley as the primary suspect, deputies took the man into custody. He was booked on two dangerous drug sales charges, probation violation, and trespassing.

· Social Media Posts Threaten Schools: As several concerned citizens notified the Moreno Valley Sheriff's Station of a social media post threatening violence at either Moreno Valley High or Vista del Lago High on March 5, 2023, another post appeared on March 7, 2023. The second post stated the schools were still unsafe and implied the Sheriff's department had another suspect on their hands. As a result, enhanced security was issued for these locations and surrounding areas. At the same time, Moreno Valley School Resource Officers worked diligently with the Moreno Valley School District to identify the persons who posted the threats. After many hours and search warrants for electronic data, two 14-year-old individuals were arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall for criminal threats.

· Both Victim and Suspect of Robbery Shot: Deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 12000 block of Clark Street in Moreno Valley to find a robbery suspect deceased, caused by a gunshot. Deputies also located a second male suffering from gunshot wounds who was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. During the investigation, two other suspects were identified; one was detained during a traffic stop, while the other was arrested at a residence in Moreno Valley. According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release, no further information will be released now.

· Three Violent Assaults and Battery: Within days of each incident this month, March 2023, three reports of assaults and battery were reported to the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station. On March 19, deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the parking lot at the 12700 block of Moreno Beach Drive in Moreno Valley. Upon arrival, deputies located evidence of a shooting; however, all parties had left the area, and the investigation was ongoing. On March 25, Riverside County deputies responded to the 12800 block of Willow Tree Avenue with reports of an assault. Locating a 43-year-old Moreno Valley resident suffering from injuries consistent with battery, he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Another resident of Moreno Valley, a 49-year-old male, was also located with injuries compatible with battery. This investigation is also ongoing, and there is no further information. Also, on March 25, 2023, deputies responded to a stabbing report in the 24100 block of Sunnymead Boulevard. Locating a 27-year-old male suffering from a stab wound, the victim was transported to a nearby hospital; no additional information is available.

· ARMED ROBBERY: On March 24, 2023, at 9:56 pm, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff Moreno Valley Station responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business. The business was in the 27000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue in Moreno Valley. Upon arrival, deputies learned two suspects entered the business, one brandishing a firearm and demanding money before fleeing in a vehicle. No further information is available currently.

All residents of Moreno Valley can find these crimes listed on the Moreno Valley Sheriffs' website. If you had not heard of these crimes before this article, the website is an excellent source of information for our community. Although a few of these incidents state that no further information is available, anyone with information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the Moreno Valley Sheriff's Station at 951-486-6700. Also, anyone with information can report anonymously in English or Spanish on the WeTip site located on the Riverside County Sheriff's website by clicking See Something, Say Something.

It is essential to know what is happening in our community, know your surroundings no matter where you go or live, and stay safe.

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