RPD Aviation Unit takes gold in recent “Hide & Seek Challenge Championship”

RIVERSIDE — Authorities arrested four people yesterday, Sept. 29, during three separate and unrelated early-morning incidents where Riverside PD’s Aviation Unit members were called in to assist.

Despite the four suspects’ efforts to elude capture, all four were quickly corralled and later booked into jail on various felony charges.

After Saturday morning’s four arrests, Riverside PD’s Aviation Unit put out three social media releases chronicling the incidents and the suspects’ captures, in the form of several humorous, action-packed, “sports-style” recaps.


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Part 1 of the Hide & Seek Challenge Championship

Tonight, your Riverside Police Air Support Team competed in the Hide & Seek World Championships. This tournament consisted of three events and the home team went home with the win! Bear with us as we use separate posts to bring you the highlights!

Our first challenger hailed from the City of Corona. While officers made their approach for a probation search, our challenger, who is known to have competed in the Hide & Seek Challenge from law enforcement in the past, made his first play, by running out the back the door.

Unfortunately for him, we had planned for this play and quickly located him as he made his dash for the first set of hurdles, which happened to be a side fence. He quickly hunkered down between a fence and storage container, where he huddled to develop his next play.

He then made his way over the rear fence, where he was quickly met by that homeowner’s two highly alert, four-legged defensive backs, who quickly put a stop to his first down attempt.

Our challenger then decided to make a lateral move across a brick wall. He showed a great amount of balance and skill, as he made his way to the next yard, where he tried to hide under a patio cover and call a timeout. According to the international rules of Hide & Seek, timeouts are not allowed.

Our all-star ground defense was able to stop his advance under the patio cover. The timeout penalty was declined and he was awarded the Loser’s Trophy, in the form of a shiny pair of bracelets. #hideandseekchallenge

Part 2 of the Hide & Seek Challenge Championship

Our next challenger hailed from right here in Riverside. After causing a disturbance at a residence, our challenger decided to get a head start, by fleeing before our team was on the field. Our team set up a trick play that we like to call a “perimeter” and then began to set our next play into motion.

Although our challenger is from Riverside, we still had the home field advantage and with the help of our fans, commonly referred to as the “12th Man”, our good citizens directed our officers to where they last saw our challenger, as he fled through a nearby park.

We quickly located our challenger as he hit the hurdles, going over residential fences. We again directed our all-star ground defense into a blocking position to make the play. Our worthy opponent received his Loser’s Trophy and we quickly moved on to our final event. #hideandseekchallenge

Part 3 of the Hide & Seek Challenge Championship

The main event of tonight’s championship was also played on the home field. This event was particularly challenging, since the offense had two players on the field.

One of our alert officers ran the plate of a vehicle which returned stolen. Our challengers decided to pull into a gas station and quickly take to the field. Our team quickly assembled and again decided to use our very successful trick play called the “perimeter”.

We located the first challenger as he made an open field run. We quickly adjusted our defense and were able to stop him, after a commendable 50 yard gain. At which time he received his Loser’s Trophy.

We then shifted and set our next play into motion to stop our second, more elusive challenger, before he made a first down. We located him as he huddled next to a fence in a backyard. Our defense quickly moved in, where the final Loser’s Trophy of the night was presented!

In all seriousness, our crews work day and night to not only serve and protect our community, but also to serve and protect our hard working officers on the ground. We are thankful to have this amazing technology, that allows us to do this very difficult job, in a safe and more efficient manner. #hideandseekchallenge #worldchampions #youcanrunbutyouwilljustgotojailtired #wecanseeyouwhenyourehiding

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; 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 28 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 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


  • That schmuck has some amazing sense of agility and balance. WOW!! This was pretty mindblowing to watch. The dogs should have torn him to schreds, but he got away from them. Too bad.

  • OH WAIT, this was a challenge/game type thing, and NOT for real? So he was really a good guy after all?? HA, I didn’t read the whole story, only watched the video first. Sorry, challlenger, I would only mean what I said if you were a for real burglar or otherwise villainous bad guy. Hopefully, most dirtbags do not have that sort of physical ability to carry this out, and would be torn to shreds by the dogs.

  • OOOPS, my bad. Apologies to the “Challenger” when I thought he was a REAL bad guy ready to break and enter. I saw the video first without reading what it was all about, so I jumped to conclusions. If he would have been for real, I would have been only too happey to see the dogs rip him to shreds. Of course, THAt would hav eended badly since the PD would have felt obligated to send him to the hospital for treatment at tax payer expense, and the poor dogs probably would have been put down simply for defending their property and protecting their human. That is usually the tragic outcome of such events. I’m glad this was only a game.

    • No, this was all real, Laurel. This story covered three real incidents, with four real arrests. RPD chose to present the incidents from a humorous stand point and I ran with the “joke,” which was not meant as a joke. HAHAHA