Stabbed repeatedly at Riverside barbershop, employees fight back, fatally shoot former co-worker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a former employee of a Riverside barbershop stabbed two former co-workers before being shot to death by one of his victims Friday evening, May 21. The deadly encounter happened at the Carlos Barber Shop at 3470 La Sierra Avenue, according to the Riverside Police Department.

The victims, who were each stabbed several times according to officials, were left in critical but stable condition and their injuries were not considered life-threatening.


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City of Riverside police and fire personnel, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the barbershop shortly before 6:40 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting and stabbing that had just occurred at the business, Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback later reported.

When officials arrived they found two employees who had sustained multiple stab wounds. Another man, since described as a former employee of the barbershop, was found outside the business suffering from multiple gunshot injuries. 

Officers are seen interviewing a person after the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly attacked two former co-workers with a knife at a Riverside barbershop Friday evening. Johnny Lopez/Lone Wolf Media and News – OnScene TV photo

He was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away a short time later.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the knife-wielding man as Joseph Anthony Jimenez, 33, of Riverside. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased by hospital staff at 7:27 p.m.

The two stabbing victims were also transported to an area hospital with critical, but non life-threatening injuries.

“What we believe happened was (Jimenez) arrived at the business and attempted to walk in when he started an altercation with one of the employees,” Railsback has since described.

“During that altercation the suspect stabbed one of the employees,” Railsback continued. “A second employee intervened who was also stabbed by the suspect. That second employee was able to get a gun and then fired shots at the suspect, striking him.”

The knife-wielding man managed to exit the business where he subsequently collapsed, according to Railsback; who was not immediately able to say if any patrons were inside the barbershop when the violent and deadly incident occurred.

Detectives with Riverside PD’s Robbery – Homicide Unit have since assumed the investigation.

As part of their investigation, detectives will be checking other area businesses for surveillance footage that may have captured all or part of the incident, said the officer.


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Asked at the scene if the firearm used in the shooting was legally registered and possessed, Railsback responded, “It is not necessarily illegal to possess a firearm inside a business.”

“At this point we have no reason to believe that it was illegally possessed or illegally owned but that will come out as part of the investigation,” Railsback added.

A sign posted at the business the following morning read, “Our barbers are okay and safe, just healing today.”

Riverside PD’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with information related to the fatal incident to contact their department at (951) 826-5700. Callers can refer to incident file number 21-0014214 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 (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.