Three arrested after Lake Elsinore axe and bat attack

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Authorities in Lake Elsinore say a “rigorous investigation” into a brutal axe and baseball attack of a local transient last August has resulted in the arrest of three other transients, all of whom were arrested and charged on Friday, Sept. 11.

The victim of the bloody attack, which took place early Tuesday morning, Aug. 18, on the 200 Block of Graham Ave., has remained hospitalized since the date of the incident and is continuing to receive medical treatment for his serious injuries.


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Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call about 4:55 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington reported after Friday’s arrests.

Responding deputies found a local transient who had been struck several times with an ax and baseball bat and the victim was rushed to an area hospital where he has remained since the violent encounter.

“At the time of the incident, the Sheriff’s Department did not have any investigative leads,” explained Wallace.

Members of the Lake Elsinore Station’s Problem Oriented Policing Team assumed the investigation, canvassing the area and conducting many follow up interviews to gain further investigative leads, according Wallace.

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During their subsequent investigation, officials developed leads and gathered information that led them to identifying three suspects in the violent attack, since identified as Robert Estrada, Destiny Elliott, and Andrew Avila. All are transients within the city of Lake Elsinore.

Based on their investigation, POP Team officials located and arrested Estrada and Elliott on Friday, Sept. 11.

The pair was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on a variety of felony charges; including assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit attempted murder and mayhem.

Avila was found to already be in custody at CBDC on an unrelated crime. In addition to his originally booked crimes, he now faces the additional charges of conspiracy to commit attempted murder and mayhem.


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The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with additional information regarding this incident to contact Deputy Parrish at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L202310022 and can remain anonymous.

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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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