Armed Man Allegedly Threatens San Jacinto Family

John Espinoza, 36, of Homeland, allegedly held his family at gunpoint in the 200 block of East Second Street about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

A 35-year-old Homeland man was behind bars Saturday for allegedly threatening San Jacinto family members with a gun.

Sheriff's deputies in Riverside County were called to the 200 block of East Second Street about 2:15 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report that an armed suspect was threatening family members, officials said.

Arriving deputies spotted the suspect -- identified later as John Espinoza -- outside in the front yard but he quickly entered the home as they pulled up, a sergeant said.

Deputies ordered the suspect out of the home and detained him, determining through investigation that the suspect had threatened to shoot the parents of the person who reported the incident, the sergeant wrote in a news release.

Investigators searching the home found a hidden, allegedly stolen semiautomatic pistol and in the suspect's vehicle, two loaded guns, the sergeant said.

Espinoza at 6 a.m. Saturday was booked into the county jail on suspicion of making terrorist threats, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of stolen property.

Bail and arraignment information were not available early Saturday afternoon.


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