We’ve written a book about Bob Epps. It seems the whole department can’t stand the guy. It is very possible that Epps is way down the list of problem children within the Riverside Sheriff’s Office.
Bob Epps likes to brag a lot. From an informant:
…For years Epps has been vocally antisemitic while on the team. One of his favorite phases during purchase contracts was to “Try and Jew them down”. Shockingly, Epps has decided to send himself to Israel this week for bomb training with the Israeli Police bomb squad. See attached photos. No where in the RSDBombSquad Instagram page does it say Epps went. Just one of the team members.Being a member of the tribe, I put up with his stupid comments for years and never said a word or filed a complaint. I just figured his words would catch up to him one day…
I cannot let you or the department forget about dumb shit Robert Epps. Besides his domestic violence issue with his girlfriend, no one every was curious why Epps was drunk as well while “on call” for bomb call outs. How could he as a supervisor make sound judgment calls while so heavily intoxicated. Nothing has been done yet to discipline Epps over his domestic issue yet.
((Source)) tells me a few weeks ago they, the RSO Bomb Squad, arrest a guy in Jurupa Valley for possession of an IED and numerous guns. The evidence IED was sent to an ATF lab via a local agent for determining if it was an explosive. Very common practice. Anderson sent the IED to ATF.Two weeks ago, the local ATF agent calls Anderson telling him that the AUSA (Assistant US Attorney) wants to look at the evidence personally because ATF was going to federally prosecute the suspect. Anderson tells the agent ‘I never got the evidence back.’The ATF agent confirms it was EPPS who signed for the returned evidence which should have been placed immediately in the Sheriff’s explosive evidence locker. Anderson checks the evidence locker, tearing it apart and cannot find the ATF evidence. There are entry exit logs posted inside the doors of all explosive storage lockers. Epps’ name is not on any of them for entry or exit. Anderson searches three other explosives lockers and still cannot find the evidence Epps signed for receiving.–Anderson said he spoke to Epps and he did not remember signing for it. The ATF is now pissed at Epps for losing federal evidence. Epps told his chain of command about the lost evidence and they are trying to keep it hush hush and not let Sheriff’s administration know about it. Epps told Anderson that this could get him transferred off the team.–Epps just rolled another bomb squad trainee off the team after a year. He wasn’t cutting it according to the guys. With (((a pending retirement))) in December and three other bomb techs testing for promotion, Epps isn’t gonna have much of a team left or anyone with experience.