Teen sexually assaulted in Perris bathroom – Man arrested

PERRIS, Calif. — Authorities say a 30-year-old Good Hope man is in custody after he allegedly sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a teenage girl in Perris Wednesday evening, Oct.14.

The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened at an unspecified location in the 1200 block of Burton Rd., according to Riverside County Sheriff’s officials.

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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to the location at 8:53 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Tinker later said of the incident and arrest. 

Responding deputies learned a 14-year-old girl was grabbed and sexually assaulted inside a public restroom at the location by a male suspect.

“Heroically, the victim struggled and screamed causing the suspect to stop and run away,” Perris Sheriff’s Station officials wrote in a social media release after the incident and arrest; while reminding area residents to “stay vigilant”.

Matthew Lamantain-Leatherman, 30, of Good Hope, was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl inside a Perris bathroom last night. RSO booking photo

The alleged suspect fled the location prior to deputies arrival and despite searching the area they were not immediately able to locate the man.

As their investigation was getting underway, deputies obtained the suspect’s license plate and responded to his residence about two miles away, located on the 22000 block of Hayes St., in the unincorporated area of Good Hope.

Armed with that information, deputies quickly located and detained the suspect, Matthew Lamantain-Leatherman, who was later positively identified by the victim as the man who had accosted her.

Based on their investigation, Lamantain-Leatherman was arrested at 10:54 p.m., and later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of kidnapping with intent to rape and assault with intent to rape.

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Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center, tomorrow, Oct. 16.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or Deputy Christensen at the Perris Station at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE202880140 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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