Corona man who fled to Nevada after allegedly murdering girlfriend apprehended

RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Authorities say a local man they assert murdered his girlfriend on Monday was tracked down and arrested in Sparks, Nevada the day after the woman’s brutal murder inside her Corona residence.

The alleged suspect, 37-year-old Jeremy Pearson, remains in custody in a Washoe County jail while awaiting extradition back to California, where a warrant for his arrest had been issued in the hours immediately after the Monday homicide, according to officials.


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City of Corona police and fire personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of Rimpau Avenue, between Magnolia Avenue and Olympic Drive, around 1 p.m. after receiving the report of an assault with injuries, Corona PD has since said of the murder and suspect’s subsequent arrest.

When officials arrived they found a woman inside the residence who had already succumbed to her injuries, according to officials; who said the victim, 39-year-old Cassandra Tomes, suffered “what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.”

As their investigation was getting underway, Corona PD detectives identified Pearson as the victim’s boyfriend and the sole suspect in her murder, according to officials; who did not specify what led them to that conclusion or what may have preceded the fatal encounter.

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Based on their investigation and findings, detectives obtained a murder warrant for Pearson’s arrest. He was located and arrested by members of the Sparks Police Department in Nevada the following morning.

Pearson is currently being held in the Washoe County Jail in Nevada and is awaiting extradition back to to California.

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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.