San Jacinto parole/probation sweep yields eight arrests, seven firearms, 108g of meth

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Citing “a recent up-tick in violent crimes”, authorities in San Jacinto conducted a coordinated parole and probation compliance sweep that resulted in the arrest of eight subjects for a variety of charges this morning, Wednesday, May 12. Charges from today’s operation included kidnapping, carjacking, and attempted robbery, as well as weapons and narcotics violations, obstructing or resisting a peace officer, trespassing, and other crimes.

During the sweep, officials also located and seized four non-California complaint rifles, three handguns – including two of which were “ghost guns” and a third that had been reported as stolen, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, an unlawfully possessed ballistic vest, drug paraphernalia, 108g of field-tested methamphetamine, and other prohibited items.

Today’s operation was just the most recent of a series of crackdowns on San Jacinto crime and quality of life issues, including a Friday, May 7 homeless enforcement sweep that resulted in more than 50 arrest warrants served, six new cases with various charges, 24 arrests, and the recovery of three stolen vehicles.


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“The goal of the operation was to reduce crime, safeguard our local communities, to enforce the terms of persons currently on formal probation and or parole, and actively pursued offenders who were not complaint with the terms of their release status,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Wade Lenton said after today’s successful operation.

San Jacinto deputies, working in partnership with San Jacinto Station Special Enforcement Team (SET), Riverside County Sheriff Hemet Station Investigations, Soboba Reservation Deputies, Hemet and San Jacinto Station School Resource Officers, Riverside County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Riverside County K-9, Post Release Accountability Team (PACT), Gang Impact Team (GIT), Gang Task Force Regions 3 and 4, Riverside County Probation, and Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID), conducted today’s parole and probation check throughout the the San Jacinto valley, the Sergeant explained.

In the first photo, officials from multiple agencies are seen being briefed before the beginning of this morning’s parole and probation compliance sweep; while the second photo shows one of today’s arrestees being searched prior to being booked. San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station photo

During this morning’s operation, officials targeted nineteen residences and contacted twenty-seven subjects on parole or probation while visiting those residences. Those contacts resulted in officials arresting eight subjects for parole or probation violations, as well as new crimes resulting in criminal charges.

The following subjects were arrested:

  • Julio Gonzalez, a 31-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for carjacking, kidnapping, attempted robbery.
  • Aleeya Smith, a 26-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for trespassing.
  • Sarah Lugo, a 45-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for weapons and parole violations.
  • Christian Karnes, a 26-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for weapons and probations violations.
  • Evelyn Gutierrez, an 18-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for obstructing or resisting a peace officer.
  • Tara Henry, a 35-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for Health and Safety violations.
  • Ronald Waggoner, a 58-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for a parole violation.

In addition to those arrested during today’s operation, officials seized four non-California complaint rifles, three handguns – including two of which were “ghost guns” and a third that had been reported as stolen, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, an unlawfully possessed ballistic vest, drug paraphernalia, and 108g of field-tested methamphetamine. San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station photo

“Due to the success of this event, more like it will be planned for the near future,” officials later said in a social media release.

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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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