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Apple Valley Man charged with attempted murder of 2 people pleads not guilty

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An Apple Valley man who fired multiple rounds into an occupied vehicle, pled not guilty to double attempted murder charges during a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

According to a sheriff’s news release, on the evening of March 13, 2018, residents were concerned with a suspicious vehicle circling their neighborhood. The victims went outside and saw the vehicle, driven by Andre Citizen, 51, and followed it while they attempted to contact law enforcement.

As the victims continued to follow, Citizen pulled his vehicle to the shoulder and stopped near the intersection of Serrano and Otoe Road.

“The victims stopped their vehicle behind Citizen’s and Citizen opened the driver’s door and fired multiple rounds from a handgun at the victims. The rounds struck their vehicle several times and Citizen fled the scene,” stated the news release.

Through investigation, Detectives were able to identify Citizen as the shooter and warrants were issued for his arrest.  Andre Citizen was arrested without incident on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in the area of Bear Valley and Navajo Roads in Apple Valley. “A search of Citizen’s residence yielded evidence connecting him to the shooting,” officials said.

Andre Citizen was booked at the High Desert Detention Center on a warrant for two counts of attempted murder.

According to public court records, Citizen appeared in a Victorville courtroom on April 4, 2018, and pled not guilty to all six charges. His next preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16, 2018. His bail is set at $1 million dollars.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact Detective Lopez or Detective Arreola with the Apple Valley Station at (760)240-7400 and reference case # 181801426

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