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The Robert Epps story matters because he is almost universally loathed in the Sheriff’s Department by the rank and file and because the Sheriff is enabling and even encouraging his actions. Understanding that people like Epps continue to engage in their misconduct is an important window in to the failure that is Stan Sniff.
Any of you that have been reading this blog for any length of time realize that Sgt. Bob Epps of the Bomb Squad has major issues. We’ve alleged (with proof) that Epps may well have committed some felonies while employed by Stan Sniff’s Riverside Sheriff’s Office (RSO). for those of you that are not insiders – this should disturb you deeply as Epps is not unique, this sort of behavior is tolerated and encouraged in the sniff regime.
Recently, Bob Epps had his chief enabler in the field, Lt Werges (Lt. Worthless) kick another member off of the bomb squad. When Epps was put back on the bomb squad several years ago, it began a process where Epps has been systematically exterminating the experienced and trained members and replacing them with former Marines (regardless of merit) and newer people without a heritage. Another guaranteed way to get recruited by Epps is being a boxer. This is consistent with the Stan Sniff pattern of leadership, purge experience and replace with automatons. Epps is a Stan Sniff golden boy.
When we posted a few days ago about Epps having Lt Worthless exterminate Rafael Cuevas from the bomb squad, we posted an unredacted copy of an email where Epps directed Cuevas to ship a bomb suit to the office of a competing company. We un-redacted the email and then posted it so everyone could see the clear nexus of retaliation against Cuevas. I can tell you with certainty that Rafael Cuevas was not one of my sources on Robert Epps, hopefully Cuevas has retained counsel by now and is preparing to sue the RSO over this retaliation. Be sure to contact me at [email protected] and I will be sure to respond and write a declaration for the lawsuit. (and, frankly anyone else screwed over by Sniff and his crew)
Epps for his part has a sketchy past, long before we blew the lid off of his misappropriation of DHS property and industrial espionage. It is the opinion of this blogger that Robert Epps should be in Prison and nowhere near any police force.
According to people with heritage in the department, Robert Epps was a lousy deputy in Hemet Station. Despite what he says about his background, Epps was an Ammo Tech in the military. This means his job was passing out bullets. It was not dealing with explosives. It was basically the military equivalent of working in the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart.
When Epps was on HDT (Bomb Squad) probation, the Captain at the time wanted to drum him out of HDT because his attitude was so poor. Somehow, Epps made it through.
Later in Romoland, during a “Post-Blast-Investigation”, Epps clipped a subject in the subject’s house who was wielding a BB Gun. Epps brags about this shooting frequently about this event as if he was the second coming of Rambo. Normal, healthy people don’t do this. (See also Lyndon Raymond “The Executioner” Wood’s Skull Tatoo collection, or Cornett’s crime scene tattoo on his back)
Epps becomes a member of the”OIS Club”. As a result, he gets promoted to Sergeant and ends up at Temecula Station as a Patrol Supervisor. After being promoted off of the Bomb Squad. (similar to so many others, he lacked direct experience and qualification for the position)
While in Temecula, Epps had a fixation on Massage Parlors. One of the sadistic things he used to do (besides clipping a dude with a BB gun that is) was leaving the undercover officer hanging in the massage parlor for several minutes, sometimes as long as 20 minutes after the undercover officer gave the bust signal.
Enter the “Marine Corps Mafia”. A former Chief Deputy named Gerald Williams, who like Epps was a former marine comes in to the forefront. Some time while Epps was playing games with (that may or may not have included being serviced by) massage parlors, the Bomb Squad Sgt got promoted, meaning he was no longer the Bomb Squad’s Sgt. Epps was known for bragging to people that he someday would return to the bomb squad and that he’d take it over.
Thanks to the Marine Corps Mafia within RSO, that exact thing happened. Williams tapped the morally and ethically challenged Epps to return to the bomb squad.
Within a Year of Epps taking over, two of the most experienced people retired.
One of those people, was the corporal of the bomb squad. Epps, in order to consolidate his grip on the bomb squad eliminated the position of Bomb Squad corporal, meaning there is no second in command on the bomb squad.
Epps who at one time nearly failed Bomb Squad Probation and who has limited positive field experience, is still a part of the police academy training staff. This is Typical of Stan Sniff’s regime.
Bob Epps is known for showing up on “Black Friday” at the training command in order to Haze recruits. Amazingly, he also teaches a supervisory leadership course at Ben Clark Training Center. That is kind of like interviewing sex offenders about the age of consent.
In June of 2012, a former Marine Major now assigned to HDT (one of Epps’ buddies) was out at the bomb range. He set off a blasting cap just seconds before the squad members were to have attached it to a bomb they were going to detonate. The blasting cap injured the 3 men who would have been most certainly killed had the cap been attached to the bomb. Bob Epps called members of the team and told them not to second guess the Marine Major that nearly blew up 3 team members.
The commander of the bureau at the time ordered a separate investigation. Somehow, Bob Epps got his buddy from the Ontario Fire Department Bomb Squad to do the investigation! Cozy considering that Epps is regularly seen with his current girlfriend on the guy’s boat partying on off time.
Riverside Police Bomb Squad, San Bernardino County Sheriff Bomb Squad, San Diego City / County Bomb Squad or Orange County Sheriff Bomb Squad would have been the appropriate choice as they are law enforcement agencies that do law enforcement work. DUH! But, somehow, the agency of choice was a non-law-enforcement agency.
This individual from the Ontario Fire Department is the SoCal director of the IABTI (some international group of Bomb Squad people) whose international board Bob Epps now serves on.
I wonder if the IABTI know about Epps punching a subordinate, his real military record, his poor performance pre bomb squad, his behavior with government property or his having a bomb suit sent to the headquarters of a competitor for analysis? I wonder if they know about the closed bid contracts or strategic investments Epps has profited from?
I wonder if the IABTI knows that the Riverside Special Enforcement Bureau Commander was so put off by the slipshod investigation from the Ontario FD related to the injury of three of his men that he ordered the investigation re-done?
As a result of the investigation, Epps was supposed to write up a standard operating procedure for handling RFD’s (similar to the two that the DHS grant money paid for that he had shipped to a college in Texas)? The procedure for handling Remote Firing Devices, known as RFD’s (they send a radio signal to a blasting cap) was never written. It has been over 5 years since the investigation in to the mishap was completed, and Epps has not done his job.
This is Stan Sniff’s Riverside Sheriff’s Office, 3 members of the Bomb Squad get fragged physically and the commander is able to stuff the investigation and get away with it.