Armed with stolen handgun, Hemet man arrested after multiple residential burglary attempts in Banning

BANNING, Calif., — Authorities say a Hemet man who was seen attempting to break into multiple houses throughout the day and evening of Sunday, May 7 was arrested early the next morning after officers located the man wandering through a Banning neighborhood.

At the time of his arrest, the alleged would-be-burglar was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition, along with drugs and paraphernalia, according to officials.


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Although City of Banning police officers had received multiple reports of a possible prowler roaming through neighborhoods and attempting to get into homes throughout the previous day and evening, they were not able to locate the man at the time, Banning PD officials wrote in a social media release yesterday.

At around 1:30 a.m. the next morning, officers received yet another 911 call reporting a possible attempted burglary in the 800 block of Latitude Road, within the Atwell Community.

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers that a Hispanic male adult had attempted to gain entry into their house through the front door of their home before disappearing into the neighborhood.

Douglas Salazar was arrested after allegedly attempting to break into multiple Banning homes throughout Saturday and early Sunday morning. Banning PD photos

Officers who responded to the area eventually located the described male, later identified as 29-year-old Douglas Sose Salazar of Hemet, walking in the area of Wilson Street and Highland Springs Avenue and detained him without incident.

During the contact, officers discovered Salazar was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun, 88 rounds of live ammunition, a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, according to officials, who said the handgun was found to have been reported stolen out of West Virginia.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Salazar and he was later booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on several felony charges, including attempted burglary, carrying a concealed stolen firearm, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance while armed.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with further information or inquiries regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Banning Police Department at (951) 922-3170. Callers can refer to incident file number 22-977 and can remain anonymous.

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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.