Temecula man released on bail after Lake Elsinore rape investigation leads to arrest

TEMECULA, Calif., — Authorities say a Temecula man was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object as part of an ongoing, months-long investigation that began in Lake Elsinore in January.

The suspect, 43-year-old Jubran Thabit, has since been released after posting $55,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned next August.


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Members of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station’s Investigations Bureau began an investigation into Thabit after receiving the report of a sexual assault that occurred within their jurisdiction, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeff Reese said after Thabit’s arrest.

Although officials have not released any details regarding the alleged assault, as a result of the nearly six-month investigation, at around 5:45 a.m. last Wednesday morning, investigators arrested Thabit near his residence in the area of Shutter Home Street and Morgan Hill Drive.

Online jail records indicate he was later booked into the Robert Prestley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. Records also revealed he was released within hours of his arrest after posting bail and that he is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Aug. 17.

A Superior Court records search showed Thabit has no criminal history within Riverside County.

Anyone with additional information related to this arrest is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Stites at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number F220280030 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.