Moreno Valley crash report leads to murder investigation

MORENO VALLEY — Authorities in Moreno Valley who responded to reports of a traffic collision instead found themselves investigating the murder of a motorist Friday evening, Oct. 25. The deadly shooting happened at the intersection of Kitching St. and Lurin Ave., according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with other emergency personnel, responded to the scene at 9:25 p.m., after receiving reports of a traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche later reported.

“When officials arrived on Kitching Street, they found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound,” explained Brosche; saying, “The suspect(s) fled the scene before deputies arrived.”

The victim, later identified as Robert Rollice Jr., 39, of Moreno Valley, was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Based on the circumstances, Moreno Valley Station and Central Homicide Unit investigators were summoned and assumed the investigation.

As of this report no suspects had been identified or located and the sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Navarette at (951) 955-2777 or Moreno Valley Station Investigator Allen at (951) 486-7600. Callers can refer to incident file number MV192980443 and 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 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.