Trio of Homeland family members arrested after Lake Elsinore road rage shooting
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., — Authorities say three members of a Homeland family were arrested after allegedly firing a handgun at a pair of teens during a road rage incident on the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore early Sunday evening, Jan. 16.
The suspects, a mother, father and son, were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 25. A search warrant served at their residence uncovered multiple handguns, rifles, and shotguns, as well as ammunition and illegally possessed high-capacity magazines, according to California Highway Patrol.
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CHP officers began an attempted murder investigation last week after two 19-year-olds reported being shot at while traveling on I-15 through the Lake Elsinore area, according to CHP Officer Mike Lassig.
The victims, a man and woman, told investigating officers they were driving south on the freeway near Diamond Drive in a white, 2001 Ford Ranger when they may have accidentally cut off a dark-colored, 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Officials arrested a Homeland father, mother, and son after a Lake Elsinore road rage shooting that left a vehicle riddled with bullets. CHP – Temecula photo
After being cut off, the driver of the Chevrolet pulled alongside the victims’ Ford, at which time a passenger in the front seat of the SUV produced a handgun and began firing at the victims, according to Lassig. Although their Ford was struck multiple times, neither of the victims from the pickup were injured in the shooting.
As their investigation continued on Tuesday, Jan. 25, CHP investigators served a search warrant at a Homeland residence on Terand Avenue, where they located and arrested 61-year-old Leticia Magdaleno and 54-year-old Jose Luis Magdaleno-Rico.
The couple’s son, 26-year-old Jose Ricardo Magdaleno, was found and arrested near the West Nuevo Road exit on the 215 Freeway a short time later, according to Lassig, who did not specify how or if the couple’s son was involved in the freeway shooting.
During the execution of the search warrant, investigators seized multiple weapons, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition and high-capacity magazines, according to CHP.
Based on their investigation, officials determined that the father, Jose Magdaleno-Rico, was the person who fired the handgun at the victims, while the mother, Leticia Magdaleno, was determined to have been driving the vehicle when the shooting occurred.
The father was ultimately booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm during the commission of a felony, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle, and carrying a loaded firearm, while the mother was arrested on suspicion of harboring and aiding a person after committing a felony. The son was booked on suspicion of felony evading and carrying a loaded and concealed firearm.
Online jail records indicate the father was booked on $1,075,000 bail, while the mother was booked on $537,500 bail and the son was booked on $100,000 bail. All three remain in custody today.
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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.