10 arrested during Elsinore enforcement sweep

LAKE ELSINORE — Responding to citizens’ complaints about ongoing criminal activity and quality of life issues within Lake Elsinore’s Lake Edge District, Lake Elsinore Police Department last week conducted a five-day enforcement sweep that ultimately netted ten arrests. The enforcement operation took place in the Riverside Drive corridor, along the lake’s northeast side.


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Lake Elsinore PD’s Problem Oriented Policing Team was sent into action after the department “experienced numerous calls for service and complaints related to criminal activity” in the Riverside Dr. area, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Woodland said earlier today in a press release.

During the nearly week-long enforcement operation, which began Feb. 18th and ended on the 22nd, deputies assigned to LEPD’s POP Team conducted “high-visibility patrol and enforcement,” according to Woodland.

Throughout last week, deputies contacted countless individuals and ended up arresting a total of ten people for a variety of charges.

As a result of the operation, the following ten people were booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta:

  • Joseph Ayala, 37, of Lake Elsinore, for Petty Theft Warrant.
  • Cameron Berry, 25, of Lake Elsinore, for Petty Theft Warrant.  
  • Jesse Dixon, 33, of Wildomar, for Trespassing Warrant.    
  • Dan Gomez, 37, of Hemet, for Parole Violation. 
  • Ronnie Gomez, 22, of Hemet, Possession of Stolen Vehicle Warrant.
  • Derek Harp, 29, of Lake Elsinore, for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Warrants.
  • Marjika Harvey, 38, of Lake Elsinore, for Possession of Narcotics For Sale and Probation Violation. 
  • Gustavo Lopez, 31, of Lake Elsinore, for Trespassing. 
  • Jesus Preciado, 40, of Lake Elsinore, for Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Warrant. 
  • Paul Reyes, 30, of Lake Elsinore, for Felony Probation Violation. 

Woodland used the opportunity to remind area residents and businesses that “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement, community members, and area businesses.

“Business owners and residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency,” Woodland explained. 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.