Riverside Police Department

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

Even when on break, you’re never on break.

PINK PATCH PROJECT Our Riverside Police Department pink patches are in! All RPD personnel have been authorized to wear these beautiful pink patches on their uniforms during October’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” month. These pink patches are for sale to the public now for $10 each, and all monies collected will be donated a local breast cancer resource organization. You can purchase your pink patch online at www.riversidepolicefoundation.org/pinkpatch, or at any of our three police stations’ front counters using cash or check. Join us as we raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer!

MAIL THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED Yesterday evening on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at about 5:41 p.m., the Riverside Police and Fire Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding a possible mail theft in the area of the 2200 block of Rawlings Place. The reporting party said the suspect, later identified as Juan Perez, 26-years-old of Riverside, had broken into a community mailbox and placed the stolen mail in his pocket. The witness followed the suspect from a safe distance and provided updates to Dispatch. While he made his way down Central Avenue towards the 91 freeway, officers quickly caught up to the suspect and took him safely into custody. Perez was arrested and booked into jail for mail theft. The Riverside Police Department would like to thank this community member for reporting the alleged mail theft and giving our officers updates, which led to the quick arrest of the suspect.

SUSPECT IDENTITIES SOUGHT IN KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATION On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at about 8:15 p.m., the Riverside Police and Fire Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of a possible kidnapping in the parking lot of the Starbucks, located in the 3700 block of Arlington Avenue in Riverside. According to witnesses, a van, described only as dark or silver in color, pulled into the parking lot and a male adult jumped out. He was followed by two other males who were attempting to keep him inside of the van. The possible victim was attempting to get free but was forced back inside by two possible suspects. The van then fled the area. Detectives with the Robbery – Homicide Unit responded to the scene, conducted follow-up investigation, and contacted the person they believe to be the victim. The suspects in this investigation are described as Hispanic male adults who were in a late model silver minivan, possibly a Dodge or Chrysler. One of these suspects was caught on a surveillance video and described as having longer hair, beard, heavy build, and wearing a red shirt and dark pants. This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Brett Stennett at (951) 353-7213 or bstennett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Dave Riedeman at (951) 353-7104 or driedeman@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 P18182311.

OPPORTUNITY WITH EDUCATION The Riverside Police Department’s juvenile intervention program, “Opportunity with Education” (OWE), still has some openings. If you have an at-risk or troubled teen and are needing help, go to www.rpdonline.org/owe to check out our program and apply online. Parents and teens both participate and would need to begin this Saturday to be included in this current session. Our next session won’t start until February 2019. For inquiries, email rpdowe@riversideca.gov. https://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/owe/default.asp

The Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee (LEAC) presents a night of laughter and fun on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Romano's Downtown in Riverside. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

“TIP-A-COP” Looking for a good place to eat dinner? How about supporting a great cause at the same time? Then come out to the Chili’s 🌶 in Mission Grove this Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the annual “TIP-A-COP.” From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., officers with the Riverside Police Department and UCR Police Department will be helping to take orders and serve food while raising money to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Let’s pack the restaurant full and have fun while helping to find cures and save children! Chili’s is located at 499 E. Alessandro Boulevard in Riverside’s Mission Grove neighborhood.

(LOCATED) MISSING AT-RISK JUVENILE • UPDATE @ 2:10 a.m. - Viviana has been located and is being reunited with family VIVIANA ALVARADO • 12-years-old • Black female juvenile, 4'11" tall, 124 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes • Last seen wearing a gray shirt. This evening on Friday, September 28, 2018, 12-year-old Viviana Alvarado was reported missing by her family around 9:50 p.m. from the 5700 block of Walter Street in the Hillside neighborhood of Riverside. Viviana is at-risk due to her age and immediate need for medication. If Viviana is seen or located, please immediately contact the Riverside Police Department's Dispatch Center at (951) 354-2007 and reference incident number P18183872.

TRAFFIC ALERT BEGINNING AT 3:00 A.M. The Riverside Police Officers' Association is holding their annual “HOMETOWN HEROES RUN” tomorrow morning. Please notice the street closures that will begin at 3:00 a.m. and end by 11:30 a.m. Come on out and enjoy the festivities while helping to support the Riverside Police Officers’ Association’s assistance fund.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THESE SNAKE THEFT SUSPECTS? On Friday, August 24, 2018, at about 8:16 p.m., an unknown couple entered Elliotts’ for Pets, located in the 6700 block of Brockton Avenue. The female suspect stood near the male suspect as he crouched down, opened the top of a snake tank, and removed a small Red Tailed Boa. He then handed the live snake to the female suspect while he placed the top back onto the tank. Both suspects then exited the store. The male suspect is described as a Hispanic adult, approximately 5’10, 200 pounds with black hair. The female suspect is described as a Hispanic adult, approximately 5’2, 125 pounds with brown hair, and appears to be pregnant. If you recognize these suspects, please DIRECTLY contact Detective Brian Money at (951) 353-7118 or bmoney@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 P18177221

“OPERATION CLEAR TRACK” Today, the Riverside Police Department’s Traffic Bureau and Motors are participating in “Operation Clear Track.” Hosted by Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver Inc. to mark National Rail Safety Week, “Operation Clear Track” is a one-day safety initiative that brings police and sheriff’s departments together nationwide to enforce state grade crossing and trespassing laws on America’s railroad tracks. Raising public awareness about the dangers of failing to comply with railroad safety laws is a critical step in preventing railroad-related injuries and deaths in our community. Please join us in keeping our roads safe in the city of Riverside.

ARREST MADE IN STABBING INVESTIGATION (UPDATED WITH ARREST INFORMATION) Early morning around 4:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, the Riverside Police Department’s Robbery – Homicide Unit arrested Raymond Demetrius Bonner, a 36-year-old transient of Riverside, for attempted murder resulting from a stabbing investigation at the downtown Riverside Metrolink station. On Sunday, September 23, 2018, at approximately 8:14 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to reports of a stabbing that just occurred at the downtown Metrolink station, located at 4066 Vine Street, in Riverside. Paramedics with the Riverside Fire Department arrived and treated the victim, who was then taken to a local hospital and currently in critical but stable condition. Preliminary investigation has determined the victim was approached by the suspect at the train station. After a brief verbal exchange, the suspect produced a knife and unprovokedly stabbed the victim in the neck area. The suspect fled and was last seen running north along the railroad tracks. Officers searched the area extensively for several hours with the assistance from a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, but the suspect was not located. Video surveillance captured the suspect on camera at the Metrolink station. Those images were released to the public and media which generated many tips to detectives. They continued working through the night and developed information as to the suspect’s identity and location. A search warrant was obtained, and with the assistance of the Riverside Police Department’s METRO Team (SWAT), it was served at a residence early this morning in the 12100 block of Graham Street in Moreno Valley. The suspect, Raymond Bonner, was located and safely taken into custody. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder, and is being held on $1,000,000 bail. This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or kcorbett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or jbrandt@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 P18179668. Video surveillance depicting the suspect can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ8gE01KfZM.

How to avoid Social Security scams The Social Security Administration (SSA) has seen an upsurge in schemes targeting Social Security recipients. Someone calls you over the phone, claiming to be from the SSA, and says your Social Security accounts have been suspended due to suspicion of illegal activity. They may be a real live person or a robocaller. The caller then says that if you fail to resolve the issue by calling back a certain phone number, then your assets will be frozen. When a majority of older people rely on Social Security benefits for a large part of their income after retirement, the results seem scary. Threats of criminal prosecution or the freezing of assets can frighten elderly Social Security recipients into giving the caller whatever information he or she asks for. That information, may include your Social Security number, your mother's maiden name, your date of birth, and your bank account numbers, will be used for identity theft. Social Security scams are widespread Unfortunately, this is only the most recent of many scams targeting Social Security recipients. Several years ago, many Social Security beneficiaries received an email purporting to be from the SSA. It used a highly official-looking email address, "no-reply@ssa.gov," and asked recipients to click on a link to receive augmented protection for their benefits. Fraudsters have set up fake websites looking like the SSA portal to entice people to apply for Social Security benefits. Callers can also replicate the Washington, D.C., area code so you're even more likely to believe you're called by a government agency. Don't be fooled by calls, emails, or websites that look official. All of these communications are designed to defraud the recipients. They are undertaken with the intent of stealing your personal information, which can be used to drain your bank and other accounts. Three steps to protect yourself If you're targeted by one of these calls, take these three steps to protect yourself. 1. Hang up immediately: If you are contacted out of the blue by the SSA, it is in all probability a fraudster. The SSA says it calls Social Security beneficiaries only in response to something the beneficiary has initiated, such as a question or request for help. So if you get an unsolicited call from the SSA, it's likely not them. Hang up immediately. Some robocalls will ask you to press a button to stop getting these calls. Don't respond! Fraudsters use these responses to identify potential victims. If you have contacted the SSA recently and want to verify that the caller is actually from the agency, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (Which can be verified by an internet search of: “social security administration phone number”). This is a customer service line through which you can ascertain whether the caller is authentic and determine what they were calling about. 2. Never provide personal information over the telephone to an unknown caller: Don't give out your personal information over the telephone to someone you don't know, whether they seem to be threatening action or not. The information is likely to be used in ways that will harm you, not help you. It is very likely once someone fraudulently obtains your personal information, they will create accounts in your name. These fraudulent accounts can affect your credit scores and will take you time to repair the damage. If the caller asks to verify information, don't say "yes." They may be recording your voice. The word "yes" can then be used out of context -- to authorize charges on your bank accounts and credit cards, for example. 3. Report the call to the SSA: Finally, you should report the call to the SSA. Scams involving people who claim to be from the SSA are frequent enough that the SSA has a Fraud Hotline. You can reach it at 1-800-269-0271 (Which can be verified with an internet search for: “social security administration fraud hotline”) or, if you're hearing-impaired, at 1-866-501-2101 (TTY). You can also report fraud online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Reporting an attempted scam helps the SSA alert the public to both the frequency and the nature of these potential frauds. You're not only protecting yourself, but also helping protect the public. Remember use resources you have available to verify anybody asking form personal information over the phone, internet or mail.

STABBING INVESTIGATION •• UPDATE @ 6:30 a.m. - A suspect has been detained in this investigation. No further details are available at this time. On Sunday, September 23, 2018, at approximately 8:14 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to reports of a stabbing that just occurred at the downtown Metrolink station, located at 4066 Vine Street, in Riverside. Paramedics with the Riverside Fire Department arrived and treated the victim, who was then taken to a local hospital and currently in critical but stable condition. Preliminary investigation has determined the victim was approached by the suspect at the train station. After a brief verbal exchange, the suspect produced a knife and unprovokedly stabbed the victim in the neck area. The suspect fled and was last seen running north along the railroad tracks. Officers searched the area extensively for several hours with the assistance from a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, but the suspect was not located. The suspect was described as a Black male adult, 25 to 30-years-old, about 5’5” to 5’7” tall, thin build, short black hair, and was last seen wearing a red shirt, denim shorts, black socks, and a single slides style sandal. He may also be a local transient. Detectives with the Robbery – Homicide Unit, along with a Specialist with the Forensics Unit, responded to assume the investigation. Anyone who recognizes this suspect, or has information regarding this incident, is urged to contact Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or kcorbett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or jbrandt@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 P18179668.

RIVERSIDE POLICE SUPPORTS WORLD ALZHEIMER'S DAY Each year, September 21st is recognized worldwide as “Alzheimer’s Day.” Organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. For information and resources in our city, visit https://riversideca.gov/mayor/Dementia-Friendly-Riverside/purple-city.asp. For our part, the Riverside Police Department would like to remind our community members of our “Get Home Safe” program. This program offers a free “MY ID” bracelet with online emergency information profiles for people with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairment disorders. These bracelets and emergency information may help first responders locate and identify your cognitive impaired loved one if they go missing. The bracelet is linked to an electronic profile you control with a photo and emergency contact information. These bracelets ARE NOT location or GPS enabled devices, and the Riverside Police Department does not track or maintain the user’s information. Profiles are set up by a family member or loved one by visiting myIDband.com, or through activation by phone at (855) 200-myID (6943). To learn more about our “Get Home Safe” program, go to https://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/community/gethome/gethome.asp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQz1W1PS0cY&feature=youtu.be

UPDATE - FATAL INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at about 11:30 p.m., Riverside Police and Fire personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of La Sierra Avenue and Cypress Avenue. This collision resulted in the deaths of both drivers. Investigators were able to determine that Marian Ibrahem, 21-years-old of Riverside, was driving a 2009 Kia Spectra southbound on La Sierra Avenue approaching Cypress Avenue. Corey Rees, 27-years-old of Riverside, was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero eastbound on Cypress Avenue, approaching La Sierra Avenue. As the Kia drove into the intersection, the Mitsubishi entered the signal controlled intersection against a red signal and collided with the Kia. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway, coming to rest in the front yard of a nearby residence. Riverside Fire personnel declared Ibrahem deceased at the scene. Rees was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased several hours later. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision. The Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to the scene to investigate. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective Z. Fishell at (951) 826-8723.

Important information about a person wanted for homicide by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

RIVERSIDE POLICE UNVEIL NEW ALARM ENFORCEMENT WEBSITE The Riverside Police Department has launched a new Police Alarm Management System, coordinated by our Alarm Enforcement Unit. This online system will enable home and business security alarm users within the city of Riverside to purchase and pay for the required alarm permit, and/or pay any penalty fees incurred for excessive false alarm activations. Alarm permits are currently a one-time fee of $16.00. Through the new online system, you will be able to update your permit with “Responsible Party” or “Contact Information.” Business owners can link all of their accounts together under one for efficiency and convenience. Also, an alarm permit customer will be able to easily view their yearly alarm activation counts and invoices. As per Riverside Municipal Code Chapter 5.58, alarm user permits are required on premises owned, rented, or leased if an alarm system is to be installed. Alarm activations are one of the more frequent calls our dispatch center gets with over 13,000 received last year. On average, 97 percent of alarm activation calls are deemed false, so it is very important for people to make sure their systems are functioning properly to avoid potential fees for multiple police responses. But when the police need to contact an alarm system owner due to an emergency or actual burglary, it is just as important to have the most updated contact information. Our new website allows alarm permit users to keep that information current. Go to https://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/support/records/alarm/aldefault.asp to access the new Alarm Management System. New users can create a new account to purchase an alarm permit. Existing permit holders will use your permit number to link to your account. Please contact the Alarm Enforcement Unit at (951) 826-5600 if you need assistance in obtaining your permit number. With today’s technology, the Riverside Police Department is ready to meet the needs of our community members who will have the capability of managing their accounts and making payments quickly and easily. Additionally, access to the new website will be available through our mobile application, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android smartphones under “Riverside Police Department.” For more information about this new system, as well as other helpful links to avoid false alarm response fees and better protect your home or business, visit https://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/support/records/alarm/aldefault.asp. You can also contact the Alarm Enforcement Unit at (951) 826-5600 or email rpdalarms@riversideca.gov.

TRAFFIC ALERT - La Sierra Avenue & Cypress Avenue Due to a traffic collision that occurred late last night around 11:30 p.m., the intersection of La Sierra Avenue and Cypress Avenue is still closed to all vehicle traffic on both streets in all directions. The closures are expected for a few more hours while our officers continue their investigation. Please expect delays in this area and plan accordingly for your morning work and/or school commute.

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