MURRIETA — A probationer, who allegedly threatened physical violence against Murrieta police officers investigating if he was dealing drugs from his home near a school, was charged Friday with making terrorist threats and other felonies.
Evan Brooks, 24, of Temecula.Photo courtesy Murrieta Police Department
Evan Mason Brooks, 24, of Temecula was arrested Wednesday following a probation compliance check at his residence in the 46800 block of Peach Tree Street.
Along with the threats allegation, Brooks was charged with possession of controlled substances while armed, being under the influence of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed firearm and a sentence-enhancing allegation of trafficking drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
Brooks pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before a Riverside County Superior Court judge, who scheduled a Jan. 23 felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Brooks is being held on $50,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center.
According to Murrieta police Lt. Jon Flavin, about 10 a.m. Wednesday, members of the agency’s Special Enforcement Team, which assists the sheriff’s department with compliance checks, were sent to Brooks’ house to determine whether the convicted drug offender was engaged in any type of illicit activity.
“During the probation search, Mr. Brooks became extremely belligerent and made threats towards the officers,” Flavin said.
He said the defendant was immediately arrested for the alleged threatening behavior. Officers then located narcotics — the type and quantity were not disclosed — drug paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition, the lieutenant alleged.
Brooks’ residence is within a block of Great Oaks High School.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, being an unlicensed driver, creating a malicious disturbance and possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana.