Riverside Sheriff’s deputies were participating in a routine compliance check last weekend in which two parolees were taken into custody. One of those men was found to be in possession of a handgun. California law prohibits convicted felons from owning, carrying or possessing a firearm. Riverside felons who are Thifound to be in violation of this law will be arrested and transported to the Riverside County Jail for booking. In addition to their being arrested parolees will likely be denied the ability to bail due to a standard no bail hold. A judge is the only person who has the authority to lift that restriction.
On Saturday Jan. 19 deputies station at the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement team were reportedly sent out to arrest one parolee on outstanding felony warrants. The man in question was taken into custody without incident. He was then transported back to his home in order for deputies to ascertain if he was in compliance with conditions of his parole.
At the time of their arrival a second man on probation who was known to have active ties to a local street gang was seen outside the residence. That man proceeded to flee on foot. He was seen tossing a handgun from his waistband. A Sheriff’s spokesperson said he later surrendered.
Defendant Benito Jimenez is being charged with possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of ammunition and firearm. He is also facing charges of resisting arrest, committing a felony as a gang member and possession of a firearm while being under the influence of a controlled substance. Defendant Joel Aldama was charged with violating the conditions of his parole.
Both men are being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center pending arraignment.