Nine arrested during SW RivCo sex offender compliance checks

SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY — Nine people were arrested for various charges and outstanding warrants when officials conducted a two-day “zero tolerance” compliance check of registered sex offenders Feb. 20 and 21. The targeted enforcement operation focused on the unincorporated areas of Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Anza, Aguanga, and Sage.

During the operation, officials located and seized four firearms, five grams of heroin, nearly 270 pounds of processed marijuana, and more than $7,500 in U.S. currency.


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With assistance from the Riverside County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team, the United States Marshal Service, and the California Highway Patrol, deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station fanned out into the mountain communities to the east and southeast of Hemet and the San Jacinto valley, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Dorrough reported after the compliance checks and saturation patrol.

“The focus of the operation was to apprehend any and all subjects found to be in violation of any crime,” Dorrough explained.

During the two-day zero tolerance saturation patrol and sex offender compliance checks officials arrested one out of compliance sex offender. Nine others were arrested on a variety of charges and outstanding warrants. RSO photos

During this operation, officials contacted numerous sex offenders throughout the area and verified thirteen of those contacted were in compliance with the terms of their registration requirements.

Eight of the sex offenders officials attempted to contact were not at home at the time of the compliance checks and further investigation will be completed to determine if they were complying with their registration requirements.

One of the sex offenders contacted was determined to be in violation of his registration requirements and criminal charges will be submitted to the Riverside County District Attorneys Office, according to Dorrough.

In addition to the one sex offender found to be out of compliance, officials arrested nine other people as a result of the checks.

  • 26-year-old Anza resident Emmerson Whipple for Under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of three (3) firearms 
  • 27-year-old Valley Center resident Tanya Villalobos for one (1) felony warrant and three (3) misdemeanor warrants.
  • 40-year-old Aguanga resident Adam Fredy for possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.
  • 34-year-old Aguanga resident Dennis Harrison for violation of parole.
  • 32-year-old Fallbrook resident Juan Martinez for transportation and possession of marijuana for sales.
  • 32-year-old Escondido resident Juan Ramirez for transportation and possession of marijuana for sales.
  • 24-year-old Idyllwild resident Philip Ackley for three (3) misdemeanor warrants.
  • 42-year-old Aguanga resident Nathan Zapata for one (1) felony warrant, felon in possession of firearm, marijuana for sales and cultivation of marijuana.
  • 23-year-old Anza resident Alyssa Gervais for one (1) felony warrant.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.