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Press Release: Firearms and Narcotics Arrests
Agency: Menifee Police
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: 03/08/2019 Time: 10:00 AM
Incident Date: 03/07/2019 Time: 9:00 AM
Incident Location: 26000 Block of Byers Road, Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Aaron Avila
File Number(s): ME190660140


On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 9:00 AM, Menifee Special Enforcement Team Officers (SET) with assistance of additional officers from Perris SET, Gang Task Force Region 6, Lake Elsinore Problem Oriented Policing, and Riverside Auto Theft & Interdiction Detail, served a search warrant in the 26000 block of Byers Road, in the city of Menifee. During the service of the search warrant several adults were detained. While officers were making contact with Lucas Rutledge, a 37-year-old resident of Menifee, he was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and suspected methamphetamine. During a search of the property five additional firearms were located.

Ashley Bertelson James Ellis
Anthony Larner Chris Rutledge
Lucas Rutledge Crystal Skroch Jeremie Talbot

As a result of the search warrant, Lucas Rutledge was arrested for possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and under the influence of methamphetamine while armed. Chris Rutledge, 41-year-old resident of Menifee, was arrested for possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and violation of probation. A records check of other individuals who were detained on the property revealed they had outstanding warrants for their arrests for various charges.  They were identified as 29 year-old Jeremie Talbot and 41 year-old Anthony Larner residents of Menifee, 40-year-old resident of Banning, James Ellis, 35-year-old resident of Wildomar, Crystal Skroch, and 36-year-old resident of Temecula, Ashley Bertelson. They were booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for their respective charges.

Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy R. Thornock at the Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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