JURUPA VALLEY: “Vehicle of interest” sought in connection with murder of 17-year-old
JURUPA VALLEY — Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a vehicle they say was possibly involved in the Aug. 25 murder of a 17-year-old. The victim, who officials have not identified due to his age, died after he was shot multiple times on the 6900 block of Adele Lane in Jurupa Valley.
The residential neighborhood where the shooting happened is east of Sierra Avenue and west of Armstrong Road.
During their investigation, Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators developed leads and gathered information that led them to a nearby Arco gas station where they found closed-circuit security camera footage showing the vehicle wanted in connection with the murder, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeff Buompensiero explained in a written press release.
Buompensiero described the vehicle as a light-colored, four-door Honda Civic with dark-colored rims. The car was filmed pulling up to and parking near the pumps at the gas station.
The Arco is about two and one half miles from the neighborhood where the fatal shooting happened.
Officials have not specified the role the car played and have simply referred to it as a “vehicle of interest.”
The homicide investigation began about 9:48 p.m., when deputies responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon occurring at a home. Multiple 911 callers also reported hearing shots fired in the area.
When deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Jurupa Valley Police Station and other emergency first responders arrived at the residence, they found a Hispanic male who has sustained multiple gunshot injuries.
The teen was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim’s name has not been released due to his age.
Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
As of Oct. 30, no suspects had been arrested and the homicide investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the Honda is encouraged to contact Investigator Paz from the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2195. Callers can refer to incident file number JV172370172 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
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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.
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 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.