News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:
At around 1:50 a.m. on July 11th, officers from Temecula Police Department responded to a report of a residential robbery/burglary that had just occurred in the 45600 block of Caminito Olite in Temecula.
Their investigation revealed that the homeowner had noticed his garage door was open and there was a light on inside the garage. He went to investigate and found three Hispanic males stealing property inside the garage. The homeowner confronted the three men and one of them produced a knife and threatened the homeowner with it. The three suspects then fled from the garage to a Toyota FJ Cruiser that was parked nearby and fled the area.
A short time later, at around 3:15 a.m., officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to a similar report of a homeowner chasing three Hispanic males out of his backyard at a residence in the 45600 block of Alpine Place in Temecula. The homeowner reported the three suspects fled the area in a Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Temecula police quickly responded and found the vehicle driving on Temecula Parkway. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but it jumped the center median of the roadway and sped away. Officers attempted to follow the vehicle and quickly found it flipped on its side in a field at the corner of Temecula Parkway and Jedediah Smith Place. Two women and one juvenile female were trapped inside of the vehicle.
The Temecula Fire Department responded to the crash scene and cut the suspects out of the vehicle. All three suspects were transported to Inland Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The two women were treated and released into the custody of the Temecula Police Department. The female juvenile was not taken into custody and was released to her parents.
Officers checked the suspect vehicle and learned it had been reported stolen out of Lake Elsinore. They also located property stolen from the burglary on Caminito Olite, as well as identification for at least one of the male suspects from that incident.
A short time later, at around 7:10 on July 11th, officers received a call of a prowler in the area of Antelope Place and Wolf Valley Road in Temecula. They responded and a Hispanic male suspect fled on foot through backyards in the neighborhood. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and used a police service dog to track and locate the suspect hiding in a backyard. The suspect was uncooperative and was bitten by the police service dog. He was then taken into custody without further incident. He was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and released into the custody of the city of Temecula Police Department.
This male suspect, identified as Martin Gurrola, 20, of Temecula, was linked to the incident earlier in the morning on Caminito Olite, and to the stolen vehicle that crashed.
Gurrola was arrested for robbery, burglary, and possession of stolen property. He was also on parole and had a parole hold placed on him through the California Department of Corrections.
The women who were injured in the car crash were identified as Cristina Young, 19, of Lake Elsinore, and Renee Butterfield, 39, of Temecula. They were both booked into the Southwest Detention Center for possession of stolen property.
Anyone with further information on these crimes is asked to contact the Southwest Station Detective Bureau at 951 696 3001.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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