Riverside: Transient Arrested in the Stabbing of 69-Year-Old Man at a Downtown Metrolink Station Sunday

Early morning at 4:00 am on Monday, September 24, 2018, Riverside Police arrested Raymond Demetrius Bonner. The 36-year-old transient of Riverside was booked for attempted murder. 

On Sunday, September 23, at approximately 8:14 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to reports of a stabbing that just occurred at the downtown Metrolink station, located at 4066 Vine Street, in Riverside. Paramedics with the Riverside Fire Department arrived and treated the victim, who was then taken to a local hospital and currently in critical but stable condition.

Preliminary investigation has determined the victim was approached by the suspect at the train station. After a brief verbal exchange, the suspect produced a knife and unprovokedly stabbed the victim in the neck area.

The suspect fled and was last seen running north along the railroad tracks. Officers searched the area extensively for several hours with the assistance from a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, but the suspect was not located.

Video surveillance captured the suspect on camera at the Metrolink station. Those images were released to the public and media which generated many tips to detectives. They continued working through the night and developed information as to the suspect’s identity and location.

A search warrant was obtained, and with the assistance of the Riverside Police Department’s METRO Team (SWAT), it was served at a residence early this morning in the 12100 block of Graham Street in Moreno Valley. The suspect, Raymond Bonner, was located and safely taken into custody. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder, and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or kcorbett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or jbrandt@riversideca.gov.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing incident number P18179668.

Video surveillance depicting the suspect can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ8gE01KfZM.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside Police Department