Standoff ends with arrest of SJ man charged with child sex related crimes

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — A San Jacinto search warrant related to a sexual assault investigation led to a short standoff early yesterday evening, Thursday Sept. 10.

After nearly an hour, the suspect exited the home where the warrant was being served and he surrendered to and was arrested by Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT members.


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Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT members and other officials attempted to serve the search warrant at a private residence on the 400 block of Mistletoe Ave. at 6:20 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Julio Olguin said after the incident and arrest.

“The search warrant stemmed from a sexual assault investigation in which the suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm and hiding out at this residence,” Olguin explained.

Wanted for a variety of sex crimes, Steven Miranda, 40, of San Jacinto, was arrested after a nearly hour-long standoff during the service of a search warrant at a San Jacinto residence yesterday. Riverside Sheriff’s Department photo

During the course of the search warrant service, Steven Miranda, 40, of San Jacinto, refused to exit the residence, leading to a brief standoff.

With the residence surrounded and area streets closed off, at 7:05 p.m. Miranda exited the residence and surrendered to SWAT personnel without incident, according to Olguin.

Miranda was later booked into Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of six felony counts; including three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 by force or fear, and a sole count of rape.

No deputies or citizens were injured during the stand off or subsequent arrest.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.


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