UPDATE: Released in 2019 after serving 16 years for bank robbery, man charged with killing Hemet parents

UPDATED: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m.

See Original Story below.

HEMET, Calif. — Officials say a man who was released from federal prison in September, 2019 after serving 13 years for bank robbery has been arrested and charged with his parent’s murder at their west Hemet home.

The couple, who has not yet been publicly identified, was found dead inside their Corte Cerro residence late Monday evening, by officers who had responded to conduct a welfare check on the home’s three occupants.

Officials say they are still trying to determine why 41-year-old, Quintin McCracken killed his parents inside the west Hemet home they shared. The alleged suspect was only last year released from Federal Prison, after serving 16 years for a bank robbery conviction. Hemet PD photo

After receiving no response, officers gained entry into the home, at which time they found the couples’ lifeless bodies on the floor inside the residence.

Early in their investigation, officers said they had not been able to locate the couple’s adult son and without calling the missing man a suspect in the murders, said at the time, “Investigators would like to speak with the male and are hopeful to make contact with him soon.”

Officers eventually tracked the alleged suspect, since identified as 41-year-old, Quintin McCracken – who was the son of one of the victims, to an unspecified location in San Bernardino where he was arrested early this morning.

“Following an interview with investigators, he was placed under arrest and will be charged with two counts of Murder,” Hemet PD has since said in an updated release regarding their ongoing investigation.

As of this update, McCracken had not yet been booked into jail and no further information was available regarding his arrest and charges. 

Detectives have confirmed there are no other suspects being sought and say they are treating Monday’s double-homicide as an isolated event. John Strangis/EN Media photo

“Investigators are still working on figuring out what led up to this tragic incident,” Hemet PD said of the incident “that rocked the otherwise quiet community.”

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


Original Story: Son sought after Hemet double murder

UPDATED: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m., With additional details.

HEMET, Calif. — Officials investigating the murder of a Hemet couple say they are now seeking the couple’s adult son, who has not been heard from since officers found the deceased couple inside a home Monday evening, Aug. 3.

Officials made the gruesome discovery while conducting a welfare check at a private residence on the 5000 block of Corte Cerro near Via La Presa, southwest of W. Stetson and S. Sanderson avenues.

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Hemet police officers responded to the residence about 10:45 p.m., after learning the home’s three adult occupants had not been heard from recently.

While conducting the welfare check and after getting no response at the door, officers entered the home where they found two adults dead on the floor.

Officers quickly established a crime scene after discovering two victims of an apparent homicide inside a Hemet home late Monday evening. John Strangis/EN Media photo

“The victims, a male in his 70’s and a female in her 60’s, were the only two in the home,” according to Hemet PD; who said the pair “were the apparent victims of a homicide.”

The victims’ names have not been released, pending further investigation.

As their investigation was getting underway, officials learned that the couple’s adult son – described only as a man in his 40s – also lives in the home, but has not been located.

Without calling the missing man a suspect in the murders, Hemet PD said, “Investigators would like to speak with the male and are hopeful to make contact with him soon.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to immediately contact Hemet Police Detective Nick Troncale at (951) 765-2433, or by email.

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


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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.

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