Two juveniles, both wanted felons, arrested after deputies discover modified, fully-automatic handgun

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say a pair of juveniles were arrested after deputies in Moreno Valley conducted an occupied vehicle check and discovered a modified, fully-automatic handgun in their possession Saturday evening, Sept. 11.

The juveniles, who were both wanted felons, were arrested after the incident, which occurred inside a residential neighborhood in the area of Deerfern Avenue and Deer Park Drive, southwest of Dracea Avenue and Heacock Street.

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Deputies assigned to the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station’s Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit were conducting proactive patrol shortly after 6 p.m., when they conducted an occupied vehicle check, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Christopher Varela later reported.

“During the check deputies recognized a male juvenile as a documented criminal street gang member, on probation, and with a current felony warrant for his arrest,” Varela explained. “During the contact, deputies contacted a second juvenile who was also found to have a felony warrant for his arrest.”

Deputies searched the vehicle the juveniles were in at which time they located an unregistered firearm that was found to have been modified into a fully-automatic handgun.

The juveniles, whose names were not released due to their ages, were taken into custody for their felony warrants and later booked into juvenile hall, according to the Sergeant; who said the firearm was seized as evidence and that the sheriff’s investigation is continuing.

Deputies assigned to the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station’s Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit arrested two wanted juveniles and recovered an unregistered handgun that had been modified into a fully-automatic handgun. RSO photo

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Deputy Mahoney at the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station – (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV212540261 and can remain anonymous.



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Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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