Teen, 17, arrested with loaded handguns on MoVal campus

MORENO VALLEY — A teen was arrested after a tip led a school resource officer to discover the boy was in possession of two loaded handguns on a Moreno Valley campus Friday morning, Sept. 20. No injuries were reported and the teen was arrested without incident at Vista del Lago High School, at 15150 Lasselle St., according to officials.

Friday’s arrest comes on the heels of another major Moreno Valley school-related incident that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old boy. The victim in that case, Diego Rivera, died after a schoolyard scuffle at Landmark Middle School. Two other teens, both 13, have been arrested and charged in the boy’s death.


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Friday’s investigation began about 11:30 a.m., after the school resource officer assigned to the high school “received an anonymous report of a student on campus in possession of firearms,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Victor Tejeda reported after the incident and arrest.

“The ensuing investigation led to the identification of a 17-year-old student … (who) was found to be in possession of two loaded handguns on school grounds,” explained Tejeda. 

The teen was arrested and later booked into Riverside County Juvenile Hall for multiple weapons-related charges.

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Although the investigation is ongoing, “no evidence suggests any threats either to the school or other students,” the Sgt. stated.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station School Resource Unit at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV192630172 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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.