Hemet: Store Owner Arrested for Shooting at Thieves Stealing Butane…Thieves also in Custody

On March 12, 2018, at 11:20 A.M., deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department, went to the 700 block of San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, reference a reported burglary and shots fired.

During the investigation they found a shop owner Nabeel Qandah, 42-year-old from San Jacinto, chased two subjects who were stealing two boxes of butane from his store. Qandah attempted to stop the subjects who entered a waiting vehicle and drove away. Qandah fired his handgun at the vehicle.

A short time later, Juan Miguel Macias, 41-year-old from San Jacinto, arrived at a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm. The investigation revealed Macias, accompanied by a 16-year-old minor, unlawfully removed the butane from the store without paying. As they drove away, it appears Qandah discharged his firearm.

Qandah was booked into the Riverside County Jail for the assault with a deadly weapon.

Macias and the juvenile will also be charged with burglary and child endangerment.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind all firearm owners, that ownership comes with a high level of responsibility. Anyone with information about this incident, is encouraged to call Investigator Janecka at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station (951) 791-3400.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside Sheriffs Department