Photo: Jermaine Hernandez
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department conducted an investigation into the illegal possession of firearms, resulting in two arrests.
The Riverside PACT (Post-Release Accountability and Compliance Team) arrested the pair after obtaining and serving search warrants on October 18.
The developed theory was that while one of the two possessed illegal firearms, the other suspect “was illegally obtaining the firearms from Arizona, altering the serial numbers, then transporting them to California and selling them on the street.”
SWAT assisted in the raid at an apartment complex int he 1800 block of Loma Vista Street. Several people were detained inside of the apartment. 17 guns in all were located – 16 in an unlocked box with nearly 30 magazines in one bedroom and one more hidden in another bedroom
24-year-old Jermaine Hernandez was arrested and booked for “various weapons violations and child endangerment.” The box of 16 guns was in the bedroom he shares with his girlfriend and two children ages 1 and 3.
41-year-old Timothy Carroll is prohibited from possessing any firearms since he is a convicted felon. He was “arrested for various weapons violations and outstanding warrants.”
The Riverside PD informs us that “The West PACT Team is a task-force made up of members from the Riverside Police Department, Corona Police Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Probation, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Its primary mission is to work with local law enforcement agencies and the Riverside County Probation Department to direct immediate focus on those “high-risk” and/or “at-large” Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) offenders, and those on mandatory supervision from county jail who pose the greatest risk to public safety. The arrests and firearms seizures made from this investigation was a collaborative effort by these agencies in hopes to make our Riverside community safer.”