Hemet murder leads to arrest

HEMET, Calif. — Authorities in Hemet say a man was arrested and charged with the murder of another man Thursday evening, Nov. 12. The deadly incident happened in the 25200 block of Jutland Drive, northeast of Fairview and Olive avenues.


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Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the residential neighborhood at 8:21 p.m., after receiving the report of an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since reported.

“Deputies arrived within minutes and located an unconscious male adult, suffering from life-threatening injuries,” explained Carroll. “Deputies rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.”

Deputies, investigators and others work at the scene of Thursday night’s murder of 25-year-old Kijaun Johnson, of Hemet. Will Whelan/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

Despite life-saving efforts the victim, since identified as 25-year-old Kijaun Johnson, of Hemet, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Area neighbors later reported seeing the lifeless body of a man in the driveway of one of the homes as investigators worked at the scene.

Investigators from the Hemet Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

Bernard Nathaniel Bracely, 66, of Hemet, was arrested after a deadly incident in Hemet Thursday night. RSO booking photo

During their subsequent investigation, officials developed leads and gathered information that led them to identifying the suspect as 66-year-old, Bernard Nathaniel Bracely, of Hemet.

Based on their investigation, officials arrested Bracely and he was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder. Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center Nov. 17.


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The sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and no further details have been released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Hernandez of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Hollingsworth at the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D203170049 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.