Southern CA Town Police On Edge After City Pickups Are Torched


Police in the small Southern California city of Hemet are angry and on edge after being targeted in a wave of potentially lethal attacks, reports USA Today. The torching this week of four city-owned pickups is considered likely to be linked to the booby-trap attacks targeting police that began on New Year’s Eve. State and local officials have offered a $200,000 reward for help in finding who is responsible.

Local, state, and federal law-enforcement authorities have descended on the rural community in Riverside County 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles to investigate the incidents that started when a natural gas pipe was routed into the headquarters of a multi-agency gang task force, filling it with gas. Police discovered the danger before anyone was hurt. Police initially pointed to an outlaw motorcycle club, the Vagos, as among possible suspects, officials say the investigation is broader.

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