On October 22nd, 2018

California DOJ Agents & Riverside Police Conduct Operation “Eastbound and Down” Six-month investigation concludes with 45 arrests, 63 firearms seized

RIVERSIDE – On October 18, 2018, the California Department of Justice, the Riverside Police Department, and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office  released details of a six-month investigation dubbed Operation “Eastbound and Down” which was aimed at curbing gang violence in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside. The operation resulted in the arrests of 45 suspected gang members and/or associates, and the seizure of 63 firearms, along with illegal narcotics.

“The arrests and the seizure of weapons and drugs should have a positive impact on the neighborhoods where these suspected criminals wreaked havoc,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.   “Children and families should not have to live in fear.”


The investigation began following a spike in gang-related crimes in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside, including murder, attempted murder, drive-by shootings, and assaults. The increases in crime, according to the Riverside Police Department, occurred with the release from custody of gang members and associates who began fighting to regain control and power.

As a result of the operation, charges have been filed against 22 adults and 3 minors, some who have committed multiple crimes.

“This operation and the tremendous impact it will now have on this violent criminal street gang is another example of what can be achieved when law enforcement agencies on the local, state, and federal level work together,” said Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. “The criminal street gang targeted in this operation has victimized our community for far too long.”

The agencies that participated in the Operation “Eastbound and Down” arrests include:


  • California Department of Justice
  • Riverside Police Department’s METRO (SWAT) Team, West Post-Release Accountability Team,
  • California Highway Patrol,
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,
  • Hemet Gang Impact Team,
  • Hemet Gang Task Force,
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department,
  • Corona Police Department,
  • El Monte Police Department,
  • Inland Regional Apprehension Team (IRAT),
  • LA IMPACT Task Force,
  • California Department of Corrections,
  • Inland Valley SWAT Team,
  • Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
  • and the San Bernardino Valley Gang Task Force.


“I am very proud of the amazing work of our gang and narcotics detectives, as well as of the incredible partnership with the California Attorney General and his Department of Justice investigators” said Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz.

“No community should be plagued by violence and street crime. This week’s coordinated action targeting criminal street gangs, which will be followed by vigorous prosecution, is an essential component in fulfilling our public safety responsibilities,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The men and women of the California Department of Justice will continue to work hand-in-hand with the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside County District Attorney to take back our neighborhoods for the families of Riverside.”


Some of those arrested or wanted are:

  • Enrique Acevedo Jr.*
  • Isaac Alcaraz
    • Mailo Angulo Jr.
  • Raymond Becerra
    • Saul Carranza*
  • Nicholas A. Velasquez
    • Anthony Chambly*
  • Donovon Devereaux
    • Jesus Diaz
  • Ernesto Enriquez
    • Christopher Galicia
  • Robert Galicia
    • Bryan Garcia
  • Joey Garcia*
    • Angel Gonzalez
  • Benito Jimenez*
    • Phillip Lucatero
  • Henry Martinez
    • Angel U. Morales
  • David Moreno
    • Carlos Munoz
  • Luis M. Olivares*
    • Adam Pasillas*
  • Cesar Requena
    • Genivieve Samayoa*
  • Chris Suastegui
    • Pasqual Vela
  • 3 un-named juveniles


*Wanted suspects who remain outstanding






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