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Second Suspect Arrested in Connection with Senior Hemet Woman Assault

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 18.
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HEMET - A second suspect in the assault of an 87-year-old woman in a Hemet senior citizen apartment complex was arrested today.

Raymond Michael Miranda, 14, was arrested at a hotel in Temecula, around 6:30 p.m., Hemet Police Department Lt. Dean Evans said.

Miranda was found in a room with several other people, but Evans could not say if they were Miranda's friends or family.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested last Thursday, six hours after the attack, following a struggle with officers in the 1000 block of State Street.

Both suspects face charges of torture, attempted homicide and burglary, police said.

The assault occurred around 2 a.m. last Thursday at the Camelot senior independent-living apartments complex in the 800 block of West Oakland Avenue, Evans said.

The victim was awakened and "beaten severely," Evans said.

Evans told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that burglary was believed to be the motive for the assault.

Evans said police had taken the unusual step of identifying Miranda before his apprehension because of the serious nature of his crimes.

Senior Hemet Woman in Stable Condition; Teen Suspect in Custody

HEMET - A senior Hemet woman who reportedly was tied up and doused with bleach during a brutal burglary involving a 15-year-old boy inside her home showed stable life signs today, a police spokesman said.

But the victim, who police believed was 87, was listed in critical condition at the hospital where she was taken following the predawn break-in Thursday by two juveniles, Hemet police Lt. Dean Evans said.

Dispatchers received a call at 3 a.m. about a burglary at the Camelot Independent Living Facility at 800 West Oakland Avenue, Evans said.

The victim awoke to find the youthful suspects in her home, one of whom beat her. The suspects initially evaded capture but six hours after the attack, police arrested a 15-year-old boy following a struggle with officers in the 1000 block of State Street.

The boy, whose name was not disclosed because of his age, could face charges of first degree burglary, torture, elder abuse and mayhem, in addition to attempted murder. He remained in custody today at a juvenile hall facility in French Valley, Evans said.

The second juvenile suspect remained at large, Evans said.

Teen Arrested for Assault on Hemet Woman

HEMET - A 15-year-old boy suspected of attacking a Hemet senior in her assisted living apartment, inflicting life-threatening injuries before fleeing the location, was behind bars today.

The victim, whose identity was not released, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, according to Hemet police Lt. Dean Evans.

She was assaulted around 3 a.m. Thursday during an apparent burglary at the Camelot Independent Living Facility at 800 West Oakland Avenue, Evans said.

He said the woman was asleep and awoke to find "intruders" in her residence, one of whom beat her.

"Officers conducted an extensive area search, which included the use of a bloodhound; however, they were unable to locate the suspects in the area," Evans said. "Based on evidence located in the surrounding area, it appears that the suspects had also committed several acts of vandalism prior to entering the victim's residence."

According to Evans, detectives received tips pointing to a 15-year-old boy as the possible assailant and, with the help of anti-gang investigators, tracked him down in the 1000 block of State Street.

The suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, tried to flee but was apprehended following a brief struggle, according to the


The boy was booked into Southwest Juvenile Hall.

Anyone with information was asked to call Hemet police Detective Doug Klinzing at (951) 765-2423.



Comment Profile Imagehemet crime watch
Comment #1 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm
thank you for the update, difficult getting any crime news, let alone updates here in hemet-thanks again!!!
Comment Profile ImageBikerBase
Comment #2 | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm
I feel this should be at least 20 years if not more, maybe Life!

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