“Battered and bruised, but alive,” Hemet PD rescues N. Hollywood kidnap victim, arrests murder suspect
HEMET, Calif. — Authorities say a 37-year-old man who was wanted on suspicion of fatally shooting a man during the June 6th kidnapping of a North Hollywood woman was arrested during a traffic stop in Hemet Tuesday afternoon, June 8th. The victim who was fatally shot had attempted to intervene during the woman’s kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
During the traffic stop and arrest, which happened about 105 miles east of where the kidnapping and fatal shooting occurred, officers rescued the victim, 31-year-old Jenny Marie Downes. LAPD later described the victim as as “battered and bruised, but alive.” Another man was also in the vehicle at the time of the stop, but investigators determined he had no involvement in the shooting or kidnapping and he was later released, according to LAPD.
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Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives began searching for Shane Winfield Rayment on the afternoon of June 6th after officers received a radio call of a fatal shooting and kidnapping in the 11300 block of Hatteras Street in North Hollywood, LAPD officials have since said in a social media release.
Their investigation revealed the suspect was involved in a dispute with his ex-girlfriend when he shot the victim and kidnapped the woman.
“The suspect was involved in a dispute with his ex-girlfriend,” a police crime alert after the incident explained. “During their dispute, the victim attempted to intervene and was fatally shot by the suspect. The suspect then forced the ex-girlfriend into a vehicle and fled the scene with her.”
Officials began searching for Shane Rayment after he allegedly shot and killed a man during the kidnapping of a North Hollywood woman on the 6th. He was arrested and the victim was rescued, “battered and bruised, but alive,” during a Hemet traffic stop two days later. LAPD photos
The shooting victim has since been identified as Roberto Fletes, 42, of North Hollywood.
As their investigation continued, LAPD sought assistance from the Hemet, Murrieta, and Beaumont police departments, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in locating Rayment.
At around 5 p.m. yesterday, Hemet police officers spotted the vehicle used during the kidnapping. During a high-risk felony traffic stop on State Street between Stetson Avenue and Domenigoni Parkway officers arrested Rayment and rescued Downes, who LAPD later described as “battered and bruised, but alive.”
Video filmed at the scene of the stop by a passerby in another vehicle after the felony stop showed no less than ten patrol vehicles involved in the alleged suspect’s arrest and victim’s rescue.
No less than ten patrol vehicles responded to a felony stop that led to Rayment’s arrest and the victim’s safe recovery. Matt Humphries photo
After being notified of Rayment’s apprehension, LAPD officers responded to Hemet to interview him and to escort Downes back home.
“Downes’ injuries were not life-threatening,” LAPD later explained; saying, “She agreed to seek medical attention on her own, should the need arise at a future date.”
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After his arrest, Rayment was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of murder with his bail set at $3 million, according to LAPD; who said he was expected to be arraigned on Friday at the Riverside County Superior Court Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Officials did not specify if four other suspects originally sought in the kidnapping and shooting, including one other man and three women, were identified and located or if they remain outstanding.
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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.