Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date August 08, 2002
Contact Sergeant Eric Charrette
Phone (909) 351-6050
Fax (909) 351-5699


Riverside Police Officers Rescue Suicidal Person

Riverside, Ca-  On Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 12:34 pm officers from the Riverside Police Department were dispatched to 6500 block of Valley Drive regarding a 911 hang-up call. Upon their arrival, they attempted to make contact at the front door of the residence. After numerous attempts at the door, officers searched the exterior of the residence and observed smoke inside the residence. Officers entered the house through an unlocked front door and found the interior of the house filled with smoke from several small interior fires.

Without regard for their own personal safety, they began a search of the house for any occupants. As they went room-to-room the house continued to fill with smoke and the intensity of the fires grew. Officers located a female subject sitting on a chair in the living room area of the house. The subject was extremely agitated and begged the officers to “let her die.” Overcoming  moderate resistance, they picked up the female and carried her out of the house. As they exited the front door, the fires were burning extremely hot and the residence was fully engulfed. Arson investigators later learned that there were five separate fires burning inside the house.

The officers (Robert Olsen and Laura Riso), as well as the subject, were treated for smoke inhalation at local hospitals. The subject, who’s name is being withheld, was placed on a 72-hour mental evaluation and criminal charges are possibly pending further criminal investigation. The structural damage of the residence has not yet been determined.