Wanted felon arrested in Hemet after month-long investigation

HEMET — A “dangerous and violent” felon who was wanted for crimes allegedly committed in the cities of San Jacinto, Banning, Beaumont was apprehended following a month-long investigation initiated in San Jacinto. Although the man tried to flee from officials as they moved in to capture him, he was caught and arrested in Hemet, Wednesday morning, Aug. 14.


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Deputies from the from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station began investigating 23-year-old, Tyrice Lee Nelson and spent a month searching for the man, after officials connected him with “multiple crimes” throughout the San Jacinto valley and Pass areas of Banning and Beaumont, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Julio Olguin explained after Nelson’s apprehension.

“Due to the violent nature of the suspect, his past criminal history, and information the suspect was armed, the San Jacinto Station requested assistance from the Riverside County Special Enforcement Bureau, who assumed the investigation,” Olguin explained.

Tyrice Nelson was arrested after officials say he committed violent crimes throughout the San Jacinto valley and Pass areas of Banning and Beaumont. RSO booking photo

At around 9:15 a.m., Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s SEB members spotted Nelson exiting a vehicle in the 200 block of Sanderson Ave., in Hemet.

“A foot pursuit ensued as Nelson attempted to evade capture,” the Sgt described; saying, “Deputies from the Special Enforcement Bureau apprehended the suspect without further incident.”

Nelson was eventually booked at Larry Smith Correctional on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon on peace officer, two domestic violence-related charges, willful harm to a child, evading arrest, and a prior state prison enhancement.

Although Olguin said Nelson’s bail was set at $1 million, online jail records indicate he remains in custody on $200,000 bail. He is scheduled to be seen at an unspecified court, Aug. 19.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or Nelson’s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact Deputy Marshall at the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 654-2702. Callers can refer to incident file number ES192270001 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 currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto 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 29 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.