One of two armed gunmen arrested after Perris puppy thefts
PERRIS — One of two armed gunmen was arrested after allegedly robbing two victims of four, 8-week-old, English bulldog puppies, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 22. The victims had met with the alleged suspects after agreeing to sell them one of their puppies over the Internet. The armed robbery happened in broad daylight at a shopping center on the 1800 block of North Perris Blvd., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Edmondson later explained.
Last week’s robbery and dog thefts was similar to a July strong-arm robbery of two English bulldog puppies that were snatched from their owner outside Hemet Mall. Two Quail Valley brothers were later arrested and charged in that theft.
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Deputies assigned to Perris Police Station began investigating the robbery around 1 p.m., after learning the victims “agreed to meet the suspect to sell him an 8-week old English bulldog puppy,” said Edmondson.
When the victims arrived at the shopping center, two suspects, one of whom was armed with a firearm, emerged from a black SUV.
“The suspects brandished a firearm at the victims and stole their four puppies,” before fleeing the area in the SUV they had arrived in, according to Edmondson.
As the investigation continued the next day, members of Perris Station’s Burglary Suppression Team assumed the investigation and identified one of the alleged suspects as 22-year-old, Alexxys Octavio Jimenez, of Moreno Valley.
With assistance from Moreno Valley PD, Perris Station BST members located and contacted Jimenez at his Moreno Valley residence on Robie Ct., where he was arrested without incident.
Deputies recovered all four puppies, which were later returned unharmed to the victims.
Jimenez was later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and other firearms-related charges. Online jail records indicate Jimenez remains in custody in lieu of $210,000 bail.
Edmondson used the opportunity to remind area residents to remain vigilant during the holiday season, and to use safe practices for buying and selling goods from the Internet.
According to the Sgt., safe selling and buying practices include only meeting at a well-lit, public place; never meeting with a buyer or seller alone and always making sure to bring a friend or family member; being cautious about what types of information you share with others online; and keeping your conversations limited to the transaction.
Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Brown of the Perris Station at (951) 210-1000 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number PE183260027 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.