Pistol whipped and suffering head injuries, victim disarms and detains Perris home invasion robbery suspect

PERRIS, Calif., — Authorities say a Perris homeowner who was attacked and pistol whipped during a home invasion robbery fought back against his three attackers, ultimately managing to disarm one of the gun-wielding assailants and holding him at gunpoint for responding deputies. The alleged suspects, two of whom were acquaintances of the victim according to officials, reportedly made arrangements to come over to the residence under a ruse, but ultimately planned to rob the victim of his money.

Two female suspects who fled the scene of the attempted robbery, including a 16-year-old girl, were both later apprehended a short distance from the scene of the violent incident, which occurred in the 3000 block of Avishan Drive, southwest of Ramona Expressway and E. Rider Street, on Wednesday evening, May 25.


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Perris Sheriff’s Station deputies were dispatched to the residence around 10 p.m. after receiving reports of a home invasion robbery, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Tinker later said of the incident and arrests.

While responding to the scene, deputies learned a man had entered the victim’s residence with a handgun and began pistol whipping him while demanding money. However, the homeowner and intended victim fought back, and soon gained the upper hand, according to Tinker.

“The homeowner was able to wrestle the gun away from the suspect during the assault,” Tinker went on to explain, saying the alleged suspect sustained minor injuries while being restrained for responding deputies.

“Deputies arrived and found the homeowner injured and bleeding, but … restraining the male suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Cameran Jamal Deneal,” the Sergeant continued.

Cameran Deneal and Elizabeth Gutierrez were arrested after reportedly attempting a home invasion robbery at a Perris residence last Wednesday evening. A juvenile female was also arrested. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photos

After detaining Deneal, deputies learned there were two females involved in the robbery, both of whom had fled the scene prior to deputies arriving. Both were later discovered hiding near the victim’s residence and detained for questioning by Perris Station Motor Officers who assisted with conducting a search of the surrounding neighborhoods for the pair.

Although one of the female suspects provided a false name and date of birth indicating she was an adult, deputies soon discovered she was actually a 16-year-old juvenile. The second female suspect was identified as 19-year-old Elizabeth Gutierrez.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Perris Station’s Robbery/Burglary Suppression Team (RBST) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, spending the next several hours processing the house for evidence and conducting interviews related to the incident.

As their investigation continued, RBST members learned that the two female suspects were acquaintances of the homeowner, according to Tinker.

“They made arrangements to come over to the residence to talk with the homeowner, but they planned to rob him when they arrived at his residence,” the Sergeant explained, adding that a stolen gun was recovered during the investigation.

The victim was later transported to a local hospital for treatment of moderate head injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested the trio of suspects, and all were later transported to area jails for booking.

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Online jail records indicate that both Deneal and Gutierrez were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of first-degree home invasion robbery, second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, and assault with a deadly weapon/firearm.

Records also indicate that Deneal remains in custody in lieu of $110,000 bail or bond and his next court appearance has been set for June 8th at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Gutierrez was released from custody on May 28 after posting $35,000 bail or bond, and her next court date has also been set for June 8th at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

No booking information or other details for the unnamed juvenile female were immediately available, but she was booked into the Southwest Juvenile Hall in Murrieta on similar charges according to Tinker.

“This home invasion robbery appears to be an isolated incident and does not appear to be related to any other home invasion robberies” which have been occurring throughout the area, Tinker went on to say.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Deputy Jimenez at Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099 or the Perris Station at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE221450179 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). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories 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.