Chased by homeowner, two arrested after Eastvale vehicle burglaries

EASTVALE, Calif. — Authorities say two people, including a juvenile, were arrested after an Eastvale homeowner caught the pair breaking into vehicles early Friday morning, May 28th. Officials later determined that the pair had burglarized numerous vehicles in the area of the 7100 block of Rivertrails Drive, southeast of Wells Springs Street and Riverboat Drive.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station assigned to patrol the Eastvale area were dispatched to the scene around 3:15 a.m. after receiving reports of an in-progress vehicle burglary, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Art Mendez has since reported.

Responding deputies learned a homeowner was chasing two ski mask-wearing suspects and soon located and detained the alleged suspects.

Two males, including 18-year-old, Randal Amari, of Los Angeles, were arrested after a homeowner chased the pair who were caught burglarizing vehicles in Eastvale early Friday morning. Riverside Sheriff’s Department photo

The pair was later identified as Randal Amari, 18, of Los Angeles, and a 17-year-old, Moreno Valley juvenile.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies found the two males were in possession of three backpacks, as well as several watches, cell phones, and a replica firearm, according to Mendez; who said both suspects were charged for conspiracy to commit a crime and petty theft.

Amari was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and the juvenile was released to his parents, pending criminal charges.

Mendez said the owners of the stolen property have not yet been located or identified and have asked that anyone whose vehicles were burglarized during the overnight hours of the 28th to contact them.

Deputies are continuing to search for the victims of multiple suspected vehicle burglaries that led to the arrest of two males, including a 17-year-old Moreno Valley resident. Riverside Sheriff’s Department photo

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or who believes they were victims of the early-morning burglaries is encouraged to contact Deputy Varoni at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number EV211480005 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.