As reported in the Daily Alta California – February 18, 1852
Several different communications from Los Angeles have been received at San Diego, warning citizens against a band of robbers who have left that vicinity for Lower California, and now said to be at Temecula. It has caused no little solicitude (sic) among the rancheros. They have brought their families into town, run their horses, &c. (sic), into some private and secluded gorge of mountains not easily to be found by the robbers, and fear themselves to return to their ranches. Those of them disposed to plant have lost the season entirely, by such stampedes. It appears that the place cannot rest in peace and quietude for a month at a time. These fears, which are too true and well-founded, not to be heeded, have seriously injured the agricultural portion of the community this season.
Blogger’s Note: There is some belief that the infamous ‘Joaquin Murrieta’ and his gang stole horses in California and ran them south of the border to Sonora, Mexico. The complete name ‘Joaquin Murrieta’ first appeared in the San Francisco newspaper Alta California on December 15, 1852, 10 months before this article was written. Is it possible that these robbers and horse thiefs that terrorized the Temecula area for a month were the one and same ‘banditos’?