San Diego County Sheriff - May 2014 
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter   
When new Sheriff's Deputies take the oath to serve and protect, they make a promise to keep their badge gleaming.  Part of the oath says:  "Your badge represents the proud 164 year history of the Sheriff's Department.  It represents the nine deputies who have given their lives in the service to our community."  
The second line has special meaning especially during the month of May as we observe National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The service of deputies and the sacrifice of their families deserve to be recognized. It is because of them that we can sleep well at night.  They do their jobs without any expectation of recognition. You may not know all their names, but they work hard every day to keep us safe. 
This month and every day, take the time to shake the hand of a deputy in your community. You can also meet and chat with them at events mentioned in this e-newsletter.  
Stay safe,
Bill Gore, Sheriff
San Diego County
Chat with a Recruiter 
Chat with a Recruiter May 1st
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring. Recruitment for sworn positions opens during the first business day of each month.  If you have questions about the hiring process, you can chat with a recruiter on: 
Thursday, May 1st
10:00 a.m. to noon 
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Just type your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages and a recruiter is available to explain the application process to you. 
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In Memoriam
Remembering Fallen Deputies

May 15th is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. It is in recognition of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.


Nine deputies made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.  A public ceremony is planned to honor their service along with other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in San Diego County.  


Join us for the San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial on:  


Wednesday, May 7th
County Administration Center (CAC) - West Side
1800 Pacific Highway, San Diego


There is construction at the CAC, but the front of the building will be reserved for parking for this event along North Harbor Drive between Ash and Grape Streets. There will be road closures. Inform the officers you are there to attend the memorial ceremony.
Sex Predator Hearing
Sexually Violent Predator Hearing

If you live in the East County, the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has recommended the placement of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) at 2632 Frying Pan Road in Borrego Springs.   This address falls within the jurisdiction of the Borrego Springs Sheriff's Office. The closest school is Borrego Springs Elementary about two miles away. 

Terry Stone was convicted of molesting children between the ages of 6 and 11. 


A public forum regarding Stone's placement will be held before it is finalized by the court. 


Friday, May 2nd

9:00 a.m.

Department 53, San Diego Superior Court

220 West Broadway, San Diego


If you can't make it to the public hearing, you can send your comments via email to


The Sheriff's Department or Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force are not responsible for the selection of the proposed sight.  That selection process is the sole responsibility of the DSH and San Diego Superior Court. 


To get alerts when a sex offender moves in or out of your neighborhood, visit

Wanted Fugitive
Wanted Fugitive Enrique Alejandro Avalos
Every month, the Sheriff's Department works with the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crime Stoppers to find and arrest people wanted for committing crimes. 

Be on the lookout for Enrique Alejandro Avalos. He also goes by the name Kiki Avalos.  He is wanted for sexually assaulting a girl in Imperial Beach in December 2013.
Avalos attended Chula Vista High School and may hang out there, as well as Riverside County. He may also be in Mexico. 
Anyone with information on Avalos' whereabouts is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 
To learn more about wanted fugitives in San Diego County, visit
Cinco de Mayo
Don't Drink and Drive this Cinco de Mayo
This Cinco de Mayo, partygoers will be indulging in their favorite margarita, tequila or beer. Unfortunately, some will choose to get behind the wheel. 
That's why deputies are partnering with law enforcement agencies all over California to catch drunk drivers during Cinco de Mayo weekend. Deputies will be have  extra patrols starting Saturday, May 3rd through Tuesday, May 6th at 3:00 a.m. 
Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Designate a sober driver or a deputy will give you a lift to jail.  Drunk Driving, It's Just Not Worth It.  To watch our public safety video, follow us on View our videos on YouTube.
Deputies will also be stepping up enforcement to catch drivers who aren't wearing their seat belts from May 19th to June 1st
The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will be taking place all across the nation.  Whether you live in the city or backcountry, deputies and officers will be out in force.  With your help, we can turn thousands of lives lost into many more lives saved. 
To watch a public safety video, follow us on View our videos on YouTube
Who Killed Karen Taylor?
Murder Victim Karen Taylor Murder Victim Karen Taylor                            Murder Suspect 
Sheriff's Homicide Detectives want your help in solving the murder of Karen Taylor 28 years ago. Her body was found in her Imperial Beach home on October 1, 1985.  Her car, wallet and credit cards were missing. 

Taylor's 1982 Ford Escort ended up in Bakersfield, California where it was towed to a service station.  The man in the sketch listed a zip code from Richgrove (north of Bakersfield) in the repair order.  He told the service station employee he was from Fresno and had worked in big oil companies in Michigan, New York and Alaska. The suspect didn't wait for the car to be repaired and took a bus carrying two military-style duffle bags. 
Anyone with information on who murdered Karen Taylor is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 
For more cold case files, visit
Ribbon Cutting
Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation
Construction at the Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation is almost finished. Sheriff Bill Gore cordially invites you to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility on:

Friday, June 6th
 10:00 a.m. 
28696 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley 
(619) 473-8774
For a flyer click here
Parking and free shuttle to and from the substation is available at Pine Valley County Park, 28810 Old Highway 80.  Light refreshments will be served and members of the community will get a tour of the substation after the ribbon cutting. 
The $3.3 million building will more than triple the size of the old building. The Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation serves an area of more than 400 square miles including Pine Valley, Guatay, Descanso, Mount Laguna, Boulevard and Jacumba. 
Stay Safe San Diego
Issue: 39
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Chat with a Recruiter
In Memoriam
Sex Predator Hearing
Cinco de Mayo
Cold Case
Ribbon Cutting
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Wanted:  Fallbrook Arsonist 

The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit wants your help in finding a man wanted for arson in Fallbrook.  

Surveillance video shows a man starting a fire in the storage area of Del Rey Avocado Company on South Main Avenue on March 28th.  

The man poured what appeared to be flammable liquid in different locations.  He sparked the fire before running off.  

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 
You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

Click on the image above to watch surveillance video of the crime or watch it on View our videos on YouTube.
Fallbrook Sexual Assault 
Sexual Assault Suspect

The man in this photo is wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Fallbrook.  It happened on April 23rd around 8:30 a.m. as a woman was jogging along a a path in the area of Lake Shore Park.  The victim was pushing her two-year-old child in a stroller when a man with a knife jumped out from behind bushes and sexually assaulted her. 

If you recognize this man, call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.  You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 
Remodeling Thefts   
Remodeling Theft Suspect  
The man you see in this photo is suspected in a string of home burglaries while doing remodeling jobs in homes.  Carlos Barajas is now in custody facing check fraud and burglary charges. 
If you had remodeling work done by Barajas or his company, RB Remodeling, and you have a filed a crime report, contact Detective Byron Barrios at the Vista Sheriff's Station at (760) 940-4600.  
 Detectives say Barajas is known to target elderly people.
To see a bigger photo of Barajas, follow us on Like us on Facebook
4S Ranch Bank Robber 
4S Ranch Bank Robber

Take a good look at the photo of a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in 4S Ranch.  It happened on Friday, April 18th just before 5:00 p.m.  
He walked into a Point Loma Credit Union branch along Craftsman Way.  He handed a demand note to the teller and left after receiving cash.  

You can see the face of the robber and you might recognize his t-shirt.  To see a bigger photo of the suspect, follow us on Like us on Facebook

If you recognize this man, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 
Coffee with the Community
Coffee with the Community Encinitas  
Community  outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and deputy-community relations to our staff.  The Encinitas Sheriff's Station is holding a Coffee with the Community on: 

Thursday, May 15th
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
Burger King
242 North El Camino Real

This event gives the public a chance to chat with the station's captain, lieutenant, crime prevention specialists and deputies in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a free cup of coffee.  We hope to see you there. 

Bicycle Safety Month 

With warmer weather, more bicyclists will be riding in our neighborhoods.  May is 
National Bicycle Safety Month.  We encourage drivers and cyclists to share the road. 

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) says more than 100 people are killed each year in bicycle collisions across California.  Some crashes are due to the bicyclist's behavior, while others are due to the car driver's lack of attention.   

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as car drivers.

  To watch a video about the fundamentals of bicycle safety, click on the image above or click here
Nurses Week 
Nurses Week
Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury in county jails.  They play a vital role in fulfilling the mission of the Sheriff's Detention Services Bureau. 
We have 171 Registered Nurses (RN) and 54 Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN).
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th.  We want to take this moment to recognize our nurses for their commitment to quality healthcare.  
To learn more about the Sheriff's Detention Services Bureau including county jail locations , click here
Memorial Day Closure
Memorial Day Closures
San Diego County Sheriff's Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed for a federal holiday. 
Monday, May 26th 
Memorial Day

All detention facilities will remain open.  The closure to the public of business offices will not impact deputies in the field or employees scheduled for on-call. 

  Jan Caldwell, Public/Media Affairs Director

Melissa Aquino, Public Affairs/Media Relations
Sammy Castanon/Media Relations 
San Diego County Sheriff's Department 

"Keeping the peace since 1850"