Hemet traffic stop leads to arrest of felon, documented criminal street gang member

HEMET, Calif., — Authorities say a traffic enforcement stop in Hemet led to the discovery and seizure of a loaded handgun and several loaded magazines Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30. A felon and documented criminal street gang member was arrested as a result of the stop, according to officials.


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Region 3 Gang Task Force Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a Toyota in the 3200 Block of West Florida Avenue at 2 p.m. after observing multiple vehicle code violations, Riverside Sheriff’s Region 3 Gang Task Force Sergeant Art Paez reported this morning.

Victor Grabiel was arrested after a traffic stop uncovered a loaded handgun and multiple loaded magazines in Hemet yesterday afternoon. RSO booking photo

After making contact with the passenger, Victor Manuel Grabiel, 27, Task Force Officers learned he was on parole and was a documented criminal street gang member with warrantless search terms.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officials discovered a loaded Ruger LCP .380 and several loaded magazines within Grabiel’s reach inside the car.

Officials arrested Grabiel and he was later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of criminal street gang member violations, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and violating the terms of his parole. 

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Online jail records indicate he remains in custody, where he is being held without bail.

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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.