Hemet, Ca– On December 7, 2010, approximately 10:55 a.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station received information from Soboba Indian Reservation Tribal Enforcement that a stolen black Nissan Frontier truck was seen on the Reservation.
Deputies waited outside of the Reservation entrance on Soboba Rd. until the vehicle exited the main entrance of the Reservation traveling westbound. The vehicle was occupied by a lone Native-American, male, adult later identified as 18-year-old, Eric Eugene Hampton, of the Soboba Reservation. Deputies confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen from the city of San Jacinto and conducted a felony stop in the 23000 block of Soboba Rd. Hampton yielded and was taken into custody without incident.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun on the passenger seat that was reported stolen from the Homeland area. Additional .45 caliber ammunition and ammunition for various other calibers was also located in the vehicle. Hampton was also in possession of and under the influence of methamphetamine. A records check of Hampton confirmed he had two active felony warrants for weapons violations.
Hampton was transported to the Hemet Station for processing and booked into the Smith Corrections Facility.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Hemet Station’s Detective Bureau at (951) 791-3400.
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