Riverside carjacking and pursuit leads to woman’s arrest

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a transient who was just placed on probation last month for robbery was arrested again after carjacking a vehicle from another woman at a Riverside gas station before leading officers on a pursuit yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, May 12.


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City of Riverside police officers were dispatched to a gas station at Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street around 12:10 p.m. after receiving reports of a carjacking that just occurred, Riverside Police Department has since said in a social media release.

The victim told emergency dispatchers she had been gassing up her car when a woman approached her car and began asking questions.

The woman, since identified as Kelisha Brewer-Chambers, 33, of Riverside, then got into the victim’s car, leading to a struggle for control of the vehicle.

As the victim struggled with Brewer-Chambers, the combative woman climbed into the driver’s seat, forcing the victim out of her vehicle, before speeding away from the scene.

While officers were rushing to the scene, they received information that a witness who saw the carjacking had followed the carjacked vehicle onto the westbound 91 Freeway from Van Buren Boulevard.

Within minutes, two officers assigned to patrol the Galleria at Tyler shopping mall spotted the carjacked vehicle as it was getting off the freeway at Tyler Street and began following it.

When the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle Brewer-Chambers refused to yield to the officers’ lights and sirens and got back on the westbound 91 Freeway, leading officers on a pursuit.

As the pursuit was passing through Corona CHP took over the chase and continued trying to stop the carjacked vehicle until Brewer-Chambers came to a stop near Green River Road where CHP safely took her into custody.

She was later turned over to Riverside police officers at which time she was arrested.


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Brewer-Chambers was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of carjacking, evading police, and violation of probation.

Online jail records indicate she remains in custody in lieu of $60,000 bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall Of Justice on May 14.

The victim was uninjured during the carjacking.

Anyone who witnessed this incident and has not yet provided a statement to officials is encouraged to contact Riverside Police Department at (951) 826-5700. Callers can refer to incident file number 210013247 and can remain anonymous.

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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