Wanted Lake Elsinore felon arrested after Temecula traffic stop uncovers meth, shotgun

TEMECULA, Calif., — Authorities say a wanted felon who provided officers with a false name was arrested after a Temecula traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine, as well as a loaded shotgun and drug-related paraphernalia Friday evening, Jan. 21.


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Deputies from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station assigned to the City of Temecula were conducting routine patrol shortly after 8:30 p.m. when they conducted a vehicle enforcement stop in the area of La Paz Road and Temecula Parkway for equipment violations, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Perez later said of the incident and arrest.

Upon contacting the driver, later identified as Brian Torres, 25, of Lake Elsinore, Torres initially provided a false name in an effort to conceal his identity, according to Perez; who said deputies ultimately used “investigative techniques” to properly identify the driver.

Authorities say Brian Torres, a wanted Lake Elsinore felon with multiple warrants for his arrest, attempted to provide a false name during a Temecula traffic stop that led to the discovery of meth and a loaded shotgun. RSO photos

Once identified, a records check revealed Torres was on probation out of Riverside County for robbery and had three felony warrants for his arrest. During a subsequent search of Torres’ vehicle, deputies located a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and more than 25 grams of methamphetamine.

Based on their investigative findings, deputies arrested Torres and he was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded shotgun, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and violation of probation.

He was also booked on his multiple warrants, which included charges of carrying a concealed and loaded stolen firearm, possession of stolen property, recklessly evading officers during a vehicle pursuit, burglary, and other alleged crimes.

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Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on Jan. 26.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Au at the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at (951) 696-3000, or the Riverside County Sheriff Dispatch Center at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number TE220210212 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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.