Crime Briefs – October 10, 2019


(Crime Briefs – October 10)

Man Suspected of Fatally Shooting Son

A Hemet octogenarian allegedly gunned down his 31-year-old son October 8 during a confrontation at the suspect’s residence.

Salvador Aceves Curiel, 84 was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of murder, with bail set at $2 million, according to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis.

The suspect allegedly shot Ricardo Curiel once in the upper body with a handgun about 2 a.m. in the 2400 block of Oakland Avenue, near Kirby Street. What prompted the confrontation was not revealed.

Other family members were present during the shooting, and police officers were summoned immediately, according to Davis.  They arrived to find Curiel’s relatives standing around the wounded man who was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died a short time later, according to the lieutenant.

Salvador Curiel was questioned and taken into custody without a struggle. 

San Jacinto slaying of 40 year old woman

On the morning of April 29, 2017, Latoya Calhoun, 40 was killed by multiple gunshots while riding in a car with convicted felon Traevon Denae Stewart, 43, and was then shoved out of the moving vehicle into a ditch in the 2600 block of Esplanade Avenue near Kirby Street in San Jacinto.  Paramedics arriving minutes later pronounced her dead at the scene. Stewart was arrested in Banning two days later along with Michael Wayne Bird who was charged as accessory after the fact. A possible motive for the attack has not been disclosed. 

Along with the murder count, Stewart is charged with a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a robbery, as well as two counts of making criminal threats and one count of felony evading.  Steward is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. 

Very little information has been made known about the victim other than that she and the defendant were acquainted.  Her nickname was Toya, was the mother of two, a generous, loving, protective person and a “hustler” from birth. 

Trial proceedings resume on October 9 in the Riverside County Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta with pretrial motions being heard today ahead of jury selection

The defendant’s case was transferred from the Banning Justice Center to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, where Riverside County Superior Court Kelly Hanson heard pretrial motions related to scheduling, proposed witnesses and other matters.

Hanson is expected to summon prospective jurors for screening as to their availability and qualifications Tuesday or Wednesday and testimony is likely to begin next week.

According to court records, Steward has prior convictions for assault with a firearm and possession of drugs for sale.

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