Hit-and-run driver found, arrested and released
Hemet Police officers investigated a hit-and-run traffic collision near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Mayflower Street on March 7, in which 66-year-old pedestrian Daniel Silva died. Investigators learned Silva was walking across Florida Avenue and believe he was in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a white sport utility vehicle near the intersection. The driver of the SUV did not stop to render aid or call police, and fled the scene. At the time of the incident, it was believed the driver was a black adult female.
After HPD released a press release requesting the public’s help in finding the hit-and-run driver, the public was ready and eager to help catch the alleged perpetrator. Leads flooded in and ultimately resulted in an anonymous tip on March 10, in which the caller said the vehicle, in the Valle Vista area of east Hemet, matched the description of the SUV involved in the collision. Police responded to the area and found an SUV with damage consistent with having been involved in a traffic collision, and the car was suspiciously covered. Police impounded the SUV as evidence.
At 4 p.m. the same day, the owner of the SUV, Montez Landing, turned himself in to officers at the Hemet Police Department. Landing, a 42-year-old resident of Hemet, was arrested and officers say he was cooperative and provided a thorough statement. Landing was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death, and was later released after posting bail.
The Hemet Police Department would like to thank the community for the flood of leads in this case. HPD would especially like to thank the anonymous tipster for providing the location of the suspect vehicle which ultimately led to Landing’s arrest. Which proves if you see something, it’s important to say something.
San Jacinto assault and kidnapping
Officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a report of domestic assault in the 1800 block of Villines Ave. in San Jacinto on the evening of March 8. During the investigation, officers determined an assault and kidnapping occurred. The suspect, Jesus Millan, fled the location prior to officer’s arrival.
Millan, a 42-year-old resident of San Jacinto, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and several family members before fleeing in a stolen red Kia Sedona. Millan also allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash and forced his girlfriend from the residence. Responding officers searched surrounding communities, but Millan was on the run. Investigators from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded and assumed the investigation. A description of the suspect and vehicle were broadcast to allied agencies.
At 3:50 a.m., deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department located the suspect vehicle in Norwalk. The California Highway patrol attempted an enforcement stop of the vehicle on State Route 91, but the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The chase returned to Riverside County and ended in Corona, where Millan was taken into custody without incident. Millan’s girlfriend was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of major injuries sustained during the incident.
Millan was booked on suspicion of great bodily injury, attempted murder, and committing a felony with a prior felony conviction. This is an active investigation and anyone with additional information should contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400. Information can also be reported anonymously at www.riversidesheriff.org/crimetips or www.wetip.com.