Riverside transient who fatally pushed woman in front of oncoming train arrested
RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Authorities say a Riverside man was arrested after pushing a woman in front of an oncoming train, killing her Monday morning, April 11. The alleged suspect, 41-year-old Kevin Errol Lewis, was booked on charges of first-degree murder and domestic violence, as well as several outstanding warrants for theft and narcotics-related violations.
Although officials have described both Lewis and the victim as transients, they did not specify how or if the two subjects knew each other, Lewis’ specific charge of domestic violence indicates the pair either are or may have been involved in a relationship at some point.
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City of Riverside police and fire personnel were dispatched to the railroad tracks at Madison Street, in the City’s Casa Blanca neighborhood around 6:35 a.m. after receiving multiple reports of a transient man and woman who were seen fighting near the railroad tracks just before the woman was pushed in front of and then struck by an oncoming train.
When officials arrived, they confirmed finding a woman who appeared to have been fatally struck by a passing train, Riverside PD has since reported. Officers also quickly located and detained Lewis, based on witness statements of his involvement.
The woman’s name has not been released, pending further investigation, positive identification, and notification of her family.
Based on the circumstances, detectives with the Department’s Robbery-Homicide Unit, along with Specialists from the Forensics Unit, responded and assumed the investigation. They were assisted at the scene by the Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office and District Attorney’s Office.
During their preliminary investigation, detectives determined Lewis and the victim “were engaged in a verbal argument that became physical, during which Mr. Lewis pushed the victim into the moving train and killing her,” explained Riverside PD.
Based on their investigation and witness statements, officers arrested Lewis and he was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on multiple charges related to the murder as well as several outstanding warrants.
Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond.
Riverside PD’s investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information regarding this homicide should contact Detective Jeff Adcox at (951) 353-7134 or JAdcox@RiversideCA.gov, or Detective Dan Mercadefe at (951) 353-7103 or DMercadefe@RiversideCA.gov.
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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). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.
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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.