Sheriff Patrols Increased After Double Murder in Nuevo

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has increased patrols and sent Gang Task Force members into Nuevo following a double murder Monday night in the unincorporated community north of Menifee.

Deputies from the Special Enforcement Bureau, aviation unit and K9 unit have joined the investigation and stepped up patrols because of the murder of two women in the 29000 block of Central Avenue. The Nuevo Citizens Patrol, a community based group of Riverside Sheriff's Department volunteers, continues to patrol the area as well, reporting suspicious persons to patrol deputies nearby.

According to the Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a home at that location at about 5:08 p.m. Monday. They found two females suffering from tramuatic injuries.

Connie Gonzalez, 25, of Nuevo was pronounced dead at the scene by Cal Fire Personnel, according to a report from the Riverside County coroner's office. The second victim, 51-year-old Maria Gonzalez of Nuevo, was transported to Menifee Valley Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.

Deputies and investigators from the Hemet station checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect, who was last seen running from the location, according to Sheriff's Department officials. The suspect was described by witnesses as a Hispanic male adult, 18 to 20 years old, wearing dark clothing. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed control of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3500 or Hemet Sheriff's Station at 951-791-3400.


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