Riverside Police Department

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

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 & KAISER PERMANENTE PARTNER 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, April 28, 2018. 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 once again partnering with Kaiser Permanente and will be collecting these types of drugs for proper disposal. The event is free, anonymous, and with 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 and Kaiser Permanente will collect the unwanted pharmaceuticals and turn them over to the DEA to be safely destroyed. For more information regarding the National Take Back Initiative, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

OFFICER AT THE RIGHT PLACE AND TIME TO APPREHEND ROBBERY SUSPECT Yesterday on Monday, April 23, 2018, at about 9:50 a.m., one of our K-9 officers was driving through the parking lot, in the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, when he noticed several people pointing toward a vehicle in the lot. At the same time, our dispatch advised of an armed robbery that just occurred at one of these businesses. The K-9 officer followed the possible suspect vehicle out of the parking lot and made a high-risk stop with assisting officers, and then the driver and a passenger were safely detained. Their investigation determined the driver, identified as the primary suspect, entered the Rodeo Smoke Shop business at this location and stole a vape pen without attempting to pay. The clerk tried to stop the suspect but he brandished a knife and threatened him before leaving in the car. Officers located the knife and stolen property inside the suspect's vehicle. Trevor Adams, 35-years-old of Riverside, was arrested and later booked into jail for armed robbery.

This past weekend, the National Latino Peace Officer’s Association Inland Chapter hosted the Officer Down Memorial Scholarship Banquet. The event honors fallen California Highway Patrol Officer Reuben F. Rios Sr. As a result, a scholarship was created for High School seniors in his honor. Our very own Police Explorer Lt. Luevano won this prestigious award along with three other outstanding youth. Thank you NLPOA Inland Empire Chapter, and congratulations Police Explorer Lt. Luevano for a job well done.

TRAFFIC ALERT - INDIANA AVE. between MUSKET WY. & SAYWARD CIR. Due to a traffic collision investigation underway, Indiana Avenue, between Musket Way and Sayward Circle, will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for a while. Please use alternate routes while our officers investigate. Thanks!

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at approximately 8:13 p.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to the area of Fern Avenue and Madison Street, in the Casa Blanca neighborhood of Riverside, regarding a possible traffic collision with an overturned vehicle and subject trapped inside. At about the same time, The City of Riverside’s Emergency Dispatch Center also received several calls of shots fired at this location. When officers arrived on scene, they located a Hispanic male victim suffering a gunshot wound inside the vehicle. Paramedics with the Riverside Fire Department responded and the victim was taken to a local hospital in grave condition. Detectives from the Robbery – Homicide Unit and Gang Intelligence Unit, along with technicians with Forensics Unit, responded to assume investigation. There are no other details available at this time. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or jbrandt@riversideca.gov, or Detective Mike Medici at (951) 353-7104 or mmedici@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit at Tip” feature while referencing incident number P18073303.

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS There are some new traffic signals popping up around our city. Take a look at this video to help familiarize yourself on how they work. Have a fantastic day and drive safe! https://youtu.be/WEaE8KNMojk

OFFICER INJURED DURING ARSON INVESTIGATION Around 9:30 a.m. today, officers responded to Mount Rubidoux for reports of a suspected arsonist setting small fires along the mountainside. A Riverside Fire Department Arson Investigator also responded and met up with our police officer and sergeant. They drove up the mountain while the RPD Air Support Unit - Air1 was overhead searching for the suspect. Air-1 spotted a subject matching the description and directed the officers and investigator to his location. As they approached this person, he fled down a steep embankment of the mountain. Both the police officer and arson investigator pursued that suspect on foot and down this embankment while ordering him to stop. The suspect did not comply with their commands but was taken into custody. Our police officer sustained an injury to his knee during this incident. Due to the leg injury, steep terrain, and distance from the walking path, RFD's Technical Rescue Team responded and evacuated our officer from the mountain before he was taken to a local hospital. Fortunately, his injury was not serious and the officer was later released after treatment. Javon Strange, a 40-year-old transient of Riverside, was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision. He was arrested and later booked into jail for arson, resisting arrest, and probation violations. We are very thankful for the assistance the Riverside Fire Department provided during this incident to help take the suspect into custody and help our officer.

We would like to remind our community members that Linden Street, between Presley Avenue and Cranford Avenue in front of North High School, will be closed to all vehicle traffic now until about 12:00 p.m. The Riverside Police And City of Riverside Fire Department will be conducting the “Every 15 Minutes” program.

RIVERSIDE POLICE & FIRE TO ILLUSTRATE CONSEQUENCES OF POOR CHOICES “EVERY 15 MINUTES” SIMULATES TEENAGERS DYING IN ALCOHOL RELATED TRAFFIC COLLISION The Riverside Police Department, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol, the California Office of Traffic Safety, Riverside Fire Department, and John W. North High School, will present the “Every 15 Minutes” program beginning tomorrow. This two-day program involves a simulated fatal traffic collision with a drunk driver, three student deaths, five injuries, and the aftermath of the horrific collision. The purpose of the program is to provide an accurate depiction of a fatal alcohol-related traffic collision, along with the effects from the perspective of all involved parties. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Fire Department, American Medical Response, Riverside Community Hospital, and Akes Family Funeral Home will conduct a simulated fatal drunk-driving collision investigation on Linden Street and Cranford Avenue. Students will act as participants in the collision. The simulation will include on-scene trauma triage, DUI investigation, and the transportation and treatment at Riverside Community Hospital. At the conclusion of the crash scene, selected students will begin an overnight retreat while parents receive mock death notifications. These activities are designed to illustrate the far reaching consequences of driving under the influence. On Thursday, April 19, 2018, an assembly will be held at John W. North High School where the “dead” students will be reunited with their parents. The senior class will attend the assembly and a video of the previous day’s activities will be shown with presentations made by several guest speakers. This program received its name in the mid-90’s because someone died due to an alcohol related traffic collision every 15 minutes. Funding for the “Every 15 Minutes” program is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the California Highway Patrol and community donations. During the simulated crash, Linden Street, from Presley Avenue to Cranford Avenue, will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Detours will be available to businesses and residents. The press is invited to attend the simulated crash and student assembly, and should contact PSR Enrique Barboza or the RPD Public Information Officer for further details.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO FELONY ARREST AND LOADED FIREARM CONFISCATION On Monday, April 16, 2018, at approximately 11:18 a.m., an officer assigned to the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (U.N.E.T), a cooperative effort between the Riverside Police Department and the University of California at Riverside Police Department, conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Blaine Street for a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting the driver and conducting a records check, the officer discovered he had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested for the warrant and a search of the vehicle was done pursuant to the arrest. During the search of the suspect’s vehicle, the officer found a fully-loaded revolver that was concealed underneath the front passenger seat. The firearm was not registered to the driver, yet he claimed ownership of it. In addition to the firearm, the officer also located a large quantity of cannabis and evidence indicating the driver was selling various types of marijuana, including concentrated “butane honey oil” cannabis. John Jacobsen, 19-years-old of Riverside, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the felony warrant, possession of a loaded and concealed firearm inside a vehicle, and possessing marijuana for sales. The marijuana, totaling over 26 pounds in weight, and revolver were confiscated as evidence. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the UNET Team at (951) 827-UNET (8638).

SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT Saturday night on April 14, 2018, at about 11:24 p.m., METRO (SWAT) officers were conducting extra patrols in the Downtown Entertainment District when they attempted to make a traffic stop near University Avenue and Lime Street. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The driver led pursuing officers throughout the downtown area on city streets and freeways with speeds reaching over 100 mph. Both the driver and passenger then fled the vehicle on foot near the Rubidoux Boulevard exit and the 60 freeway. The driver was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Aviation Unit (40-King), the passenger was located hiding in a bush and taken into custody. It was learned the driver, later identified as Edwin Ramos, 29-year-old of Jurupa Valley, was on probation for grand theft. Also, the passenger, later identified as Martin Garcia, 28-year-old of Riverside, was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. Both were arrested and booked into jail for felony evading, probation, and parole violations.

Members of the Riverside Police Department's Honor Guard were asked to participate in a photoshoot with The United States Honor Flag, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring Fallen Public Service Heroes. #ThisIsAmerica

Go to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. tonight to watch the Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil, Live from the Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside. A big thanks to our friends at Riverside TV for live-streaming this very important and solemn event.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN CHECKS Yesterday morning on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at about 8:30 a.m., an officer responded to the area of Main Street and 3rd Street regarding a subject bothering call. He located the subject and learned he was on probation. After a search of his belongings, several bank checks were found which did not belong to him. The rightful owners of the checks were contacted and it was determined they were in fact stolen. The suspect was identified as Adam Quick, 37-year-old of Colton. He was arrested and booked into jail for possession of stolen property and forgery.

SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED BY PATROL OFFICERS This past Friday, April 6, 2018, at about 11:00 a.m., one of our patrol officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Arlington Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard. A records check on the driver showed he had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was detained and his vehicle searched. During that search, the officer located suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. He also found a bag of hypodermic needles along with a glass drug pipe, small balloons, miniature baggies, and a scale. Jeffrey Brantley, 32-years-old of Westminster, was arrested and later booked into jail for possession and the transportation of illegal narcotics for the purposes of sales and the oustanding warrant. It is not very common to come across cocaine or heroin in powder form like what was found during this arrest. It’s also unusual to find a person who is selling multiple forms of illegal narcotics. This was a great example of some proactive police work in the Airport neighborhood.

HELP NEEDED TO IDENTIFY GRAND THEFT SUSPECTS On Monday, March 19, 2018, at about 4:30 p.m., two male suspects entered the AT&T store located at 3540 Riverside Plaza Drive. They cut the security cords of a phone display case and fled the location with several cell phones. The first suspect is described as a White adult male in his 20’s, approximately 6'2" tall and 200 pounds. The second suspect is described as either a White or Hispanic adult male in his 20’s, approximately 5'10" tall and 175 pounds. Detectives are looking to identify these two suspects. If you recognize them or have any information regarding this investigation, please DIRECTLY CONTACT Detective Ron Knoffloch at (951) 826-8718 or RKnoffloch@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department's mobile app "Submit a Tip" feature while referencing incident number P18050488.


SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY Yesterday morning on Monday, April 9, 2018, at about 6:55 a.m., officers responded to the Sprint store, located in the 6300 block of Van Buren Boulevard, regarding possible vandalism. It was learned that the suspect broke out a window and threatened employees with a knife. The suspect then went to the Cardenas Market and took beer without paying. When the security guard confronted the suspect, he brandished a knife and threatened the security guard. He then fled the location. Responding officers located the suspect near Arlington Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard. When officers attempted to detain the suspect, he refused to comply with their commands. With the assistance of a K-9 officer and his partner, “Nacho,” the suspect started to comply with their commands and was safely detained. The suspect was identified as Joseph Hurtado, 32-year-old of Riverside. He was arrested and booked into jail for criminal threats, vandalism, and robbery.


We're back at the March Joint Air Reserve Base for day 2 of the Air & Space Show. While Shadow was making his rounds, he ran into the Downey High School Striking Vikings Robotics Team. We invited the students back to our staging area and introduced them to our robot and gave them a tour of our robotics response vehicle.

ARREST MADE IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION On Saturday, April 7, 2018, at approximately 7:07 a.m., Riverside Police and Fire personnel responded to the 9000 block of Hope Avenue, located in the Ramona neighborhood of Riverside, regarding a deceased male subject. When they arrived, they located the subject on his bed inside the residence. He was pronounced deceased by paramedics. Based on suspicious injuries found on the victim consistent with being involved in an assault, detectives from the Robbery – Homicide Unit and technicians from the Forensics Unit responded to assist. Their investigation led to the arrest of the victim’s live-in girlfriend, who was present inside the residence when officers arrived. Teresa Demar Hunter, 61-years-old of Riverside, was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for murder. Her bail was set at one million dollars. Detectives were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner. The identity of the victim will be released pending their investigation and family notification. There are no other details available at this time as the investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Adrian Tillett at (951) 353-7105 or atillett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Karla Beler at (951) 353-7138 or kbeler@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit at Tip” feature while referencing incident number P18063296.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE INVESTIGATION On Saturday, April 7, 2018, shortly after 2:00 p.m., Riverside Police and Fire personnel responded to 1209 University Avenue for reports of an adult male subject seen jumping from the top floor of the parking structure. When Officers and Firefighters arrived, the subject was found on the ground and conscious. He was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he is currently listed in grave condition. According to witnesses, this subject, described as an Asian male in his 20’s, was seen stepping onto the top ledge of the parking structure and jumping off. He did not have any identification on him or in the backpack he left behind, and Officers have not been able to locate any vehicles that may have belonged to him. Also, it is unknown if this subject is a student at nearby University of California, Riverside. As of now, he has not yet been identified. A photo of the subject is not available at this time. If anyone has information about this investigation, please contact Sergeant Troy Banks at (951) 353-7105, or the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team at (951) 827-UNET (8638).

Hey, Orangecrest! Hear that sound? That's the sound of freedom on display at the March Air Reserve Base air show. K-9 Shadow is making the rounds with his super-nose, helping ensure the public's safety. Come on out and join us! If you see Shadow, stop and say hi and get a picture.