Riverside Police Department

  • Agency: Riverside Police Department
  • Address: 4102 Orange St, Riverside, 92501 CA
  • Chief: Russ Leach (Chief of Police)
Phone: (951)826-5700
Fax:

Riverside Police Department is located at 4102 Orange St, Riverside, 92501 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Russ Leach. The Riverside Police Department phone number is (951)826-5700.

Riverside Police Department News

RIVERSIDE POLICE PARTNERS WITH KAISER HOSPITAL FOR NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY The Riverside Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies around the nation, will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, located at 10800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside, in the northwest parking lot. This initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous and expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The Riverside Police Department is partnering with Kaiser Permanente Hospital and will be collecting these types of drugs for proper disposal. The event is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both offering potential safety and health hazards. The Riverside Police Department will collect the unwanted pharmaceuticals and turn them over to the DEA who will safely destroy the drugs. For more information regarding the National Take Back Initiative, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback, or contact Detective Michael Bucy at (951) 353-7221.

SCAM ALERT SATURDAY It's "$cam Alert $aturday", so today we'll talk about ONLINE CLASSIFIED AD SCAMS. Over the next few weekends, we will provide information regarding the various fraud schemes and scams occurring in our community to help better protect you, your finances, and your peace of mind. ONLINE CLASSIFIED AD SCAMS: While the internet offers convenience, it can also enable scam operators to defraud buyers and sellers. Fraudsters can use websites and mobile apps like Craigslist and Offer Up to dupe individuals looking to buy or sell items such as cars, boats, rental housing, or much less expensive items such as clothing and household goods. Consumers must also consider their personal safety in situations where they are asked to bring cash to a meeting with a potential “seller.” There have been reports all over the Inland Empire of buyers being robbed or worse, when they arrive at an arranged location to pick up a television, computer or other item listed in an online ad. Just the other night, a victim arranged to sell a backpack at a shopping center parking lot when the buyer ran off with it, then turned around and shot at the seller, striking him in the leg. TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN USING ONLINE CLASSIFIED ADS: Consider your safety first. Whether buying or selling a product online, you will most likely not know the person with whom you are transacting. Take the following precautions to protect your safety: • Arrange to meet in a public place that is well lit, has security cameras and/or a visible security presence, and don't be afraid to document or take photos of the person you are selling/buying to/from, or obtain their contact information • Tell others where you are going, who you will be meeting, and when you expect to return Ask a friend, family member, or coworker to join you • Bring a cell phone • If the situation seems suspicious or potentially dangerous, move to a safer location as quickly as possible or just do not go through with the transaction • Never commit to purchase an item until you have verified it is not stolen. Call cell phone carriers, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple customer service and others to inquire by serial number if an item is believed to be reported stolen. And remember, if it is too good to be true, then there is a reason. Check back with us next week for information on IMMIGRATION SCAMS. #$camAlert$aturday

Chief Sergio Diaz goes in the dunk tank at Pink on Parade Breast Cancer Walk.

PINK ON PARADE BREAST CANCER WALK Come visit us at our booth! We are selling breast cancer awareness shirts and patches!

ARRESTS MADE IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Unit arrested three suspects for the murder of Gabriel “Gabby” Cruz, who was shot to death behind the 76 Gas station in the 7400 block of Indiana Avenue on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Around 9:19 p.m. that night, the Riverside Police and Fire Dispatch Center received several calls regarding a shooting that just occurred behind the gas station. Officers and Paramedics arrived and located a Hispanic male adult on the east side of the business suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. Detectives from the Robbery-Homicide Unit and Technicians from the Forensics Unit responded to assume the investigation, and were assisted by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner. During the course of this investigation, Detectives also received assistance from the California Department of Justice’s Special Operations Unit and Riverside Police Department’s METRO (SWAT) Team. Search warrants were issued and served at a residence in the Casa Blanca neighborhood of Riverside, as well as an apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three firearms were recovered during the execution of these warrants. Gabriel Ortega, 37-years-old, Jeannette Garcia, 28-years-old, and Vincent Aguilar, 37-years-old, all of Riverside, were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for murder, gang enhancement charges, and weapons violations. This investigation is still ongoing and there are no other details available at this time. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Dave Smith at (951) 353-7103 or Detective Josh Ontko at (951) 353-7235.

REMINDER - PINK ON PARADE BREAST CANCER WALK Please join the Riverside Police Department –Arrest Breast Cancer Team, for the Pink on Parade Breast Cancer Walk. The event is Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ryan Bonaminio Park, located at 5000 Tequesquite Avenue, Riverside 92506 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We will be selling our Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Patch and T-shirts at the event. There will be a host of vendors, Riverside Police Department- Mounted Units and more. It will be a family, fun-filled event! https://www.crowdrise.com/ArrestBreastCancer or visit www.pinkonparade.org #BreastCancerAwareness #PinkOnParade

WHAT’S MY NAME? The Riverside Police Department’s Community Services Bureau has a new member, a miniaturize remote control police car. They are asking for the public’s help in giving him or her a proper name suitable for children. All names should be submitted by leaving a comment below. The contest will end on October 26, 2017, at noon. After the contest closes, CSB officers will vote on the names and a winner will be selected. The winner will be notified by private message, and the name will be announced during our Trunk or Treat on October 27, 2017. Winner’s Prize: The winner of the contest will get the opportunity to meet CSB’s newest member, and get a private tour of our police station by CSB officers.

TIP-A-COP EVENT Don't know what to have for dinner tonight, and don't want to cook? Let us serve you at tonight's Tip-A-Cop event benefitting the Special Olympics. The event is being hosted by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers located at the Galleria Mall at Tyler (1370 Tyler Street) starting at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you all there!!!

The Riverside Police Department presents its annual "Trunk-or-Treat" on Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Riverside Municipal Airport. This family-friendly event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but the line will be cut off at 7:00 p.m. So if you plan on attending, be sure to get there by that time. • ADMISSION: Free • PARKING: Parking is free and available in any open space or lot off Flight Road. The main terminal parking will be open but limited on spaces. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call (951) 826-5235 or email jpauli@riversideca.gov • TO DONATE CANDY: Please call (951) 826-5235 or email jpauli@riversideca.gov This event is coordinated by the Riverside Police Department's Community Services Bureau and sponsored by the Riverside Police Foundation and Riverside Police Officers' Association, in parternship with the Riverside Municipal Airport.

DETECTIVES SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at about 2:30 a.m., the pictured suspect entered the Circle K convenience store, located in the 3200 block of Interchange Street in Riverside. He approached the counter, removed a handgun from his jacket pocket, then demanded cash from the clerk. The suspect took money from the register drawer before leaving the business. He entered the passenger door of a green older model Ford Expedition, or similar vehicle, which then fled southbound on the 215 Freeway. The suspect is described as an Asian or Pacific Islander male adult, approximately 25 to 35 years old, about 6'2" tall, with long black hair, brown eyes, and short facial hair. It appears he has two stars tattooed on his right cheek. He was last seen wearing a light gray and black jacket, blue denim shorts, blue beanie cap, and sandals (slides) with black socks. Detectives are also looking into similar robberies in neighboring jurisdictions possibly involving this same suspect. If you recognize this suspect or have information regarding this investigation, please DIRECTLY CONTACT Detective Brett Stennett at (951) 353-7213 or bstennett@riversideca.gov.

PINK ON PARADE BREAST CANCER WALK Please join the Riverside Police Department –Arrest Breast Cancer Team, for the Pink on Parade Breast Cancer Walk. The event is Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Ryan Bonaminio Park, located at 5000 Tequesquite Avenue, Riverside 92506 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We will be selling our Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Patch and T-shirts at the event. There will be a host of vendors, Riverside Police Department- Mounted Units and more. It will be a family, fun-filled event! https://www.crowdrise.com/ArrestBreastCancer or visit www.pinkonparade.org #BreastCancerAwareness #PinkOnParade

Impaired driving has many faces...

SCAM ALERT SATURDAY It's "$cam Alert $aturday", so today we'll talk about RENTAL SCAMS. Over the next few weekends, we will provide information regarding the various fraud schemes and scams occurring in our community to help better protect you, your finances, and your peace of mind. RENTAL SCAMS: In Riverside and our neighboring communities, citizens searching for living spaces have signed rental contracts or lease agreements after finding what appears to be a legitimate rental property. They provided a deposit and first month’s rent only to discover the person or business that leased the space to them had no legal right to the location. Once the fraud is discovered, the people that took the deposit money cannot be located any longer. Fraudsters often look for vacant properties with out of state owners or bank owned properties, market them, and then disappear once funds are received. So how can you avoid a rental scam? First, if you can get the address, do an internet search on the property. Just because it pops up as "for sale" doesn't necessarily mean it's a scam. But do your research or even consult with a realtor who can help try to verify the rental property. Also beware that many owners will try to rent and sell a property at the same time, so be very cautious if you decide to proceed. Do not give money to anyone you have not met. And then ,don't give them a money deposit until you've actually seen the rental property and have done your research to verify it is legitimate. A fraudster may act as a landlord and make attempts to put off meeting you in person entirely. If a property owner, landlord, or property management representative tries to rent you a place without ever meeting you in person, this could be a sign you are being scammed. Check back with us next week for information on scams that pertain to CRAIGSLIST, OFFER UP, AND SIMILIAR SITES. #$camAlert$aturday

HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT On Friday, October 13, 2017, members of the Riverside Police Department conducted an investigation involving an at-will assistant football coach from the Alvord Unified School District in Riverside. The investigation stemmed from allegations made by students from La Sierra High School. After extensive interviews and follow up, it was determined the assistant coach had been having inappropriate contact with various female students at the high school through social media platforms. It was also discovered he had physical contact with at least one of the involved students. Around 11:30 a.m. today, Windell Thompson, 21-years-old of Riverside, was arrested for one count of unlawful intercourse with a minor, and five counts of annoying and molesting a child. Investigators believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. They are asking for anyone with additional information to contact School Resource Officer Edward Vazquez at (951) 353-7958 or Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945. As soon as the Alvord Unified School District was informed of these allegations, the assistant coach was released from his duties. District and school officials, in partnership with the police department, will hold a town-hall meeting to address this incident on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts building at La Sierra High School, located at 4145 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505.

LONG NIGHT OF ARTS & INNOVATION AT THE RIVERSIDE POLICE BOOTH

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER POINTING GUN AT PASSING CARS Yesterday evening on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at about 5:26 p.m., the Riverside Police Department’s Communications Center received several calls of a subject who had pointed a handgun towards passing cars throughout the Downtown and Eastside area. Officers and the Air Support Unit (Air1) responded to the area near the 4400 block of Park Avenue and started looking for the suspect vehicle. While responding, Dispatch received another call reporting the suspect parked his car on the bridge at Commerce Street and 14th Street. An officer was nearby and quickly located the vehicle. He then directed assisting officers in to conduct a high-risk stop and the driver was safely taken into custody. A loaded handgun, shotgun, and drugs were found inside the car. Further investigation determined the suspect actually did fire the weapon in the direction of two separate victims walking in this area, but fortunately, no one was injured. Gilverto Calzada, 36-year-old of Riverside, was arrested and later booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.

The Riverside Police Department will have some interactive displays at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation tomorrow along the Main Street Mall. You will find our booth between 9th and 10th Streets. We will have our Technical Services Unit (Bomb Squad) with some of their robotics and specialized equipment, evidence collection and fingerprints, and see how uncoordinated you can really be while wearing the DUI goggles. Also, look for us on Stage #3 at 6:30 p.m. for a glimpse into a new community engagement tool we will be launching soon. We hope to see you there!

REMINDER!!! THERE'S STILL TIME TO SIGN-UP FOR RIVERSIDE YOUTH COURT VOLUNTEER JUROR TRAINING Riverside Youth Court is an innovative approach to juvenile justice and acts as an early intervention for first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes. It is designed to give youth, who have broken the law and admitted their guilt, a second chance. Riverside Youth Court is accepting applications for its November 4, 2017, Youth Court Volunteer Juror training session. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the Riverside Police Department’s Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92505. To be a Riverside Youth Court Volunteer, you must be between the ages of 12 -17 years old with parents’ consent. This training is required to be part of the volunteer juror pool. All youth court volunteers will receive training in the juvenile justice system, the concept of restorative justice, and the deliberation process. Each volunteer will receive six hours of community service for attending the training and an additional three hours of community service each time he/she participates in a court session. After receiving this training, volunteers are able to serve as a Juror, Court Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney and Defense Attorney. Class size is limited to the first 60 people; seats will be given to the first candidates to complete their reservations online at www.rpdonline.org/youthcourt. Reservations must be submitted by Friday, October 27, 2017. For more information, please contact Officer Katie Mendonca at (951) 826-5544 or by email at kmendonca@riversideca.gov.

$10,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE CHASE BANK HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION Just a short time ago, the Riverside City Council approved a reward in the amount of $10,000 for “information leading to the identification and apprehension of person(s) responsible for the murder of Daniel Dean.” On Friday, September 1, 2017, at about 4:20 a.m., two suspects approached the 27-year-old male victim after he just used the ATM at the Chase Bank, located at 10355 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. One of these suspects shot the victim while he was seated in the driver's seat of his locked vehicle. The victim, Daniel Dean, was newly engaged and leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter. The suspect depicted in this sketch is described as a Black male adult between the ages of 19 to 24, 5'9" to 6'0" tall, thin build, with dark short hair. The Riverside Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for murder. If you recognize the suspect, please DIRECTLY CONTACT Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or Detective Mike Medici at (951) 353-7104. Information can be left anonymously through the Riverside Police Department's "Tip Line" at (951) 353-7208 or emailed to rpdtips@riversideca.gov. We kindly ask the public not to identify the suspect publicly through social media.

RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT EXPLORER COMPETITION 2017 - Active Shooter Scenario featuring San Jose PD Explorers

SCAM ALERT SATURDAY It's "$cam Alert $aturday", so today we'll talk about INTERNET POP-UP SCAMS. Over the next few weekends, we will provide information regarding the various fraud schemes and scams occurring in our community to help better protect you, your finances, and your peace of mind. INTERNET POP-UP SCAMS: Many community members in Riverside have reported experiencing “Pop Up” windows that suddenly appear on their computers warning their device is locked due to a virus. The “Pop Up” would be difficult to close and will typically display a 1-800 number to call for assistance to unlock or fix. Victims are then asked to make a credit card payment over the phone in exchange for remote device repair. The fraudster will request passwords and access is gained over the internet connection to steal your identify and to obtain your financial information. Subsequent inspections of the device revealed a virus was never even there. Here are some easy tips to follow if you experience a "Pop-Up" on your electronic device: • Use the Google search engine to query the number or company name for fraud alerts. • Never provide passwords over the phone or internet to unknown providers. • Do not respond to others contacting you if you did not request their service. • Reset, restart, or quit your internet browser or mobile app. Check back with us next week for information on RENTAL SCAMS. #$camAlert$aturday

TRAFFIC ALERT Around 12:22 p.m. today, Riverside Police and Fire responded to the area of Madison Street and the railroad tracks for a pedestrian who was struck by a train. When officers and fire/paramedics arrived, they located the pedestrian who was pronounced deceased. While this investigation continues, traffic is blocked at the railroad tracks on Madison Street and Jefferson Street for a little while longer. We thank you for your patience, and you can use Washington Street and Adams Street as alternate routes for now.

IN MEMORY OF K-9 "NORAN" Earlier today on Thursday, October 5, 2017, Riverside Police Service Dog “Noran” passed away from a sudden and serious medical condition. K-9 Noran was an 8-year-old Belgium Malinois that began his first shift in Riverside on July 25, 2013. He served admirably with his partner, Officer Darrell Hill, for the last four years. Noran was personally involved with locating over 200 suspects during his career, and was instrumental in ensuring the safety of our officers and community members during countless searches for violent suspects. Unfortunately, Noran unexpectedly passed away this morning surrounded by his partner and loving family. His impeccable service to this city has been officially retired. Noran, the entire Riverside Police Department family and City of Riverside thanks you for your faithful and dedicated service to our community. You will be forever missed! Please keep Officer Hill and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. K-9 NORAN End of Watch: October 5, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTqFbDPcNEg