Photo: Brian Torres
TEMECULA – Various equipment violations drew the attention of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Sheriff Station Deputies – for an immediate vehicle stop. Upon contact with the vehicle’s driver at 8:36 PM on 01/21/2022, the situation became sketchy.
A fictitious name was provided to law enforcement. The driver of the vehicle didn’t need to wait long in the area of La Paz Road and Temecula Parkway for the results of his fallacy.
According to Sergeant Michael Perez, “Through investigative techniques, deputies positively identified the driver as Brian Torres (25), of Lake Elsinore. Deputies conducted a record check of Torres, which revealed he had three felony warrants for his arrest and was currently on Probation out of Riverside County for Robbery.”
This discovery led to many more, starting with a search of the vehicle. Unearthed were Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with additional shotgun ammunition.
Sgt. Perez announced, “Torres was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded shotgun, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and violation of probation.” Torres is safely in custody at the Cois Byrd Detention Center.
Any information pertaining to investigation #TE220210212 should be provided to Deputy Au at the Southwest Sheriff Station (951) 696-3000, or the Riverside County Sheriff Dispatch (951) 776-1099.
Sheriff Chad Bianco wants everyone to remember that “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.