Hemet traffic stop yields loaded handgun, meth

HEMET, Calif. — Authorities say a Hemet traffic stop led to the arrest of a felon on PRCS probation after he was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and narcotics Friday evening, April 9.


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At 7:10 pm, Gang Task Force Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 500 block of West Devonshire Avenue, Region 3 Gang Task Force Sergeant Ian Baily later said of the incident and arrest. 

Task Force officers contacted the driver, 39-year-old, Timothy Helman, who was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for burglary.

During a subsequent probation search of Helman’s vehicle, officers located a fully loaded .22 caliber handgun, along with approximately three ounces of methamphetamine and other items indicative of drug sales.

As a convicted felon, Helman is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Helman was arrested on multiple weapons and narcotics related charges and booked into Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he remains held without bail, according to online jail records.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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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