NORCO: Officials seeking knife-wielding robber who stole cash, liquor

NORCO — Officials are seeking the public’s help and are hoping surveillance footage assists in identifying and locating a man they allege brandished a knife while robbing a Norco business this weekend. The robbery happened Sunday afternoon, Jan. 28, on the 2700 block of Hamner Avenue.

Deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an undisclosed business shortly before 3:30 p.m., after an employee at the location called 911 to report a robbery that had just occurred, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Bill Davis explained after the incident.

When deputies arrived at the business they learned the alleged suspect had already fled the scene in a blue, two-door and as last seen heading north on Hamner Avenue.

Deputies learned the suspect had “brandished a knife and demanded money from the employee,” said Davis. The man then left the business “with an undisclosed amount of currency and a bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey”

The Norco Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying an alleged robbery suspect, seen in these surveillance photos. RSO image

The suspect was described as an adult white male, about 45 to 50 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 210 pounds. The witness also described that the suspect was bald or balding, possible with brown hair around the sides of his head and had a white goatee and mustache.

The suspect was wearing a grey, hooded sweatshirt with an unknown logo on the front, sunglasses, black shorts, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident or who knows the identity of the alleged suspect is encouraged to contact Deputy GarciaVilla with the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673. Callers can refer to incident file number G180280035 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.

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.