Search for pair who robbed SJ Fastrip ongoing

SAN JACINTO — Authorities today are continuing their search for two males who allegedly robbed a San Jacinto business last night, Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Although two people were detained after the armed robbery, they were later released after officials determined they had not been involved in the incident, which happened at the Fastrip gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Seventh St. and San Jacinto Ave.


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Deputies assigned to San Jacinto Police Department were dispatched to the gas station around 7 p.m., after receiving reports that two people had just committed an armed robbery at the business. 911 callers reported the pair was last see fleeing the business on foot.

San Jacinto PD, with assistance from other area deputies, Gang Task Force members, and a Sheriff’s aviation crew in “Star-9”, soon flooded into the area. While the first arriving officials began to gather information from the victims at the gas station, other officials fanned out throughout the area and began searching for the pair.

Gang Task Force members were seen searching through bushes and parking lots for the alleged armed robbers. Miguel Shannon/OC Hawk News photo

As their investigation and search were getting underway, officials were notified that two people were spotted running eastbound through the community and that one of the pair might be hiding under a nearby pickup truck parked in a residential driveway. Based on that information, deputies began to focus their efforts where the two people had reportedly just been seen.

Patrol deputies on the ground quickly established a perimeter and with help from the aviation crew above, had soon spotted two people believed to be the possible suspects.

As Star-9 circled overhead, area residents could hear loud announcements being made over a PA system, including orders such as, “Stop running now, put your hands up, or the dog’s gonna bite you,” and, “If you continue running you will get bit. Stop now!”

With deputies converging on the scene, the aviation crew then began giving orders to the pair, telling them to “Lay down and put your arms out to your sides.” They were also heard saying, “If you make any sudden moves the dog will bite you,” as officers and deputies moved in to detain them.

After the pair was detained and deputies continued their investigation they eventually determined that the two detained were not the suspects involved in the robbery and they were eventually released.

As their investigation continued, deputies and other assisting officials could be seen using their flashlights to search several different areas, and were seen combing through bushes, scouring parking lots, and searching trash cans and other places someone could potentially hide.

Despite an extensive search, deputies did not locate the two alleged suspects and their investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702. Callers can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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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. (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.