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Car crash murder


April 3, 2020

RIPLEY, Calif – On Tuesday, March 31 at 9:09 p.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department - Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched after getting a report of a disturbance with multiple males and at least one subject armed with a firearm in the 23500 block of Sunnymead Ranch Pkwy in Ripley.

While deputies were on their way, it was reported that several vehicles fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies located one of the fleeing vehicles, conducted a traffic stop at Heacock Ave. and Parkland Ave., and detained two males.

An additional call of shots fired in the area of Sunnymead Ranch Pkwy and Perris Blvd. was also reported within minutes of the original call, and an additional report of a traffic collision was received. As deputies arrived at the intersection of Sunnymead Ranch Pkwy and Hyachinth Ln., they found a white Dodge Charger had collided with a wall at the intersection. A male adult was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and emergency medical personnel was requested.

Evidence of a shooting near that intersection was found, and a crime scene was established. Moreno Valley Station Special Enforcement Team Deputies and the Investigations Bureau began the investigation. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed from his wounds. The Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

One of the males detained during the traffic stop was determined to be a suspect, he was later identified as Jayvonte Wilkinson (24) of Moreno Valley. Wilkinson was arrested for murder and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The decedent was identified as Jared Lewis (23) of Moreno Valley.

The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Pentel at the Moreno Valley Station at 951-486-6700 or Investigator Mendoza with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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