Moreno Valley murder ends with man’s arrest

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say reports of an assault with a deadly weapon in Moreno Valley led to the death of one man and the arrest of another man Saturday afternoon, May 1. The fatal incident happened at a private residence in the 24800 block of Heil Drive, southwest of Perris Boulevard and Brodiaea Avenue, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a residential neighborhood around 4 p.m. after receiving reports of assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since said.

When deputies arrived they found an unconscious adult male victim with traumatic injuries. He was rushed to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away, according to Carroll; who did not specify the nature of the victim’s fatal injuries.

The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Authorities arrested Angel Mendoza in connection with the death of another man in Moreno Valley on Saturday. RSO booking photo

Investigators from the Moreno Valley Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and have assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, officials identified and detained 23-year-old, Angel Carlos Mendoza. He was later arrested and booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of first-degree murder. Online jail records indicate he remains in custody where he is being held without bail, and he is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside Hall Of Justice on May 5.


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The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and Carroll said no additional details were immediately available for release.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Central Homicide Investigator Gonzales at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV21121197 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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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 (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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