Hemet murder leads to local man’s swift arrest

HEMET, Calif., — Authorities say a man was arrested for murder after an assault with a deadly weapon left another man dead in an unincorporated part of Hemet late Tuesday evening, March 8.


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Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the area of Thornton Avenue and Hemet Street around 11:52 p.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since reported.

Responding deputies learned that a man had been rushed to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

Several blocks along Thornton Avenue remained closed while deputies investigated a man’s murder yesterday. Eddie George & Laurie Cain / Hemet News photos

Deputies secured the area and summoned investigators from the Hemet Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, who responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

As their investigation was getting underway, officials began developing leads and gathering information that ultimately led them to identify 42-year-old, Mike Aguilar, of Hemet, as the person responsible for the victim’s death and arrested him. They did not specify how the victim was killed or what may have led to the fatal encounter.

He was later booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of second-degree murder.

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

The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, and no further details have been released.

Anyone with information or video regarding this investigation is urged to immediately contact Central Homicide Investigator Magana at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number D220670072 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.