Inland Empire hate groups come into focus: A white supremacist gang is linked to attacks on Hemet police


Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) April 22, 2010 Residents in Hemet have long known that there is a skinhead element in their city. They said they have occasionally seen groups of tattooed young men with shaved heads in combat boots and fatigues protesting against illegal immigration. But authorities now are investigating something […]

Fire at Hemet police site is probed for link to attacks


By David Kelly (LA Times) April 13, 2010 Authorities are investigating whether an early morning fire Monday at a Hemet police shooting range was yet another attack on the department, which has been hit with repeated booby traps over the last three months. The fire at the remote training facility off Warren Road broke out […]

Hemet looks to ‘harden’ targeted facilities


By Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) April 9, 2010 In the wake of attacks against Hemet police officers, the City Council will consider a resolution next week to take emergency measures to “harden” city buildings against violence. A council resolution cites law enforcement intelligence indicating that city buildings are the likely targets of attacks. A […]

Motorcycle gang denies role in Hemet police attacks


by Shelby Grad (LA Times) March 31, 2010 Members of a Riverside County motorcycle gang have denied having anything to do with a string of attacks on Hemet police officers. Earlier this month, authorities arrested 30 members of the the Vagos motorcycle gang in a major sweep. Authorities never directly linked the string of attacks […]

Hemet’s shadow war: Police believe a gang is targeting officers with deadly booby traps


By David Kelly (LA Times) March 25, 2010 Reporting from Hemet – Roadblocks have gone up behind the Hemet Police Department. Sidewalks outside have closed, blast-proof glass is going in, and $155,000 in barricades and fences are being installed. Linger out front too long and expect a visit from an officer monitoring surveillance cameras. Such […]

Hemet truck-torchings believed to be connected to earlier attacks on police


By David Kelly (LA Times) March 25, 2010 Four code-enforcement trucks were torched in the Hemet City Hall parking lot Tuesday, in a brazen attack that police believe is part of a shadowy but relentless campaign of violence against them. “We are assuming, because of the timing, that this is related to the other three […]

Riverside police officers targeted with threat to blow up police car


by Shelby Grad (LA Times) March 20, 2010 Riverside County authorities are investigating yet another threat received Friday against police officers in Hemet. On Friday afternoon, someone called 911 saying a police car would be blown up in the next two days as revenge for a law-enforcement sweep earlier this week of a local motorcycle […]

A day after biker gang arrests, officials to discuss new developments in attacks on Riverside County officers


by Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) March 18, 2010 A day after a sweep of a local motorcycle gang, top law enforcement officials on Thursday will talk about new developments in a series of attacks on Riverside County officers. Thirty members of the Vagos motorcycle gang were arrested Wednesday in Riverside County in an ongoing […]

Police Investigate Third Possible Booby Trap Attack Against Gang Officers


by KTLA News March 5, 2010 HEMET — Police say they’ve found a dangerous device near a gang officer’s car – and it may be related to two previous booby traps aimed at its gang task force. Authorities say a task force officer found a suspicious device near his unmarked car when he returned from […]

Riverside Gang Officers Targeted in Second Assassination Attempt


from KTLA News 10:00 AM PST, February 25, 2010 HEMET — Police say gang detectives avoided a bizarre assassination attempt for the second time in two months. Lt. Duane Wisehart says a member of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force in Riverside County escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when a bullet was fired at him from […]

Diverted gas line threatens gang task force office


By Raja Abdulrahim January 1, 2010 Members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force discovered a diverted gas line that was routed through their office Thursday morning, Hemet police officials said. Had the gas line been ignited by static or a lit cigarette, it could have leveled the building and killed anyone in it, […]