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Apple Valley neighbors hold burglars at gunpoint until police arrive

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Two men attempting to burglarize a home were caught in the act by neighbors who shot out the suspects tires and held the men at gunpoint until deputies arrived, officials said.

It happened Saturday, February 3, at about 6:33 am, in the 8000 block of Joshua Street in Apple Valley.

According to authorities, two suspects later identified as Justin Elder, 31, and David Turner, 59, forced entry into the residence but were confronted by a neighbor who was armed with a handgun.

“The neighbor called 911 and then proceeded to shoot the tires on the suspect’s vehicle and the ground, keeping the suspects detained until deputies arrived. A second neighbor heard the gunshots and came to the residence armed with a shotgun but fired no rounds,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Deputies responded and arrested Elder and Turner and they were subsequently booked into the High Desert Detention Center for burglary and are being held on $75,000.00 bail.

Police said the victim’s residence had been previously burglarized between November 2017 and January 2018. “Several thousand dollars’ worth of property was stolen from the residence,” officials said.

During the investigation, deputies discovered similarities between both burglaries and through a collection of evidence, they were able to tie the suspects to both burglaries.

Deputies served a search warrant at the Turner’s residence in the 22000 block of Eyota Road and recovered about 75% of the victim’s stolen property, officials said. “Deputies also found 22.4 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, four guns, and ammunition.”

Justin Elder and David Turner were sup-booked and charged with possession of drugs for sales, possession of guns with drugs and possession of stolen property. Both suspects are being held on an additional bail of $50,000.00.

“A report will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of charges for reckless discharge of a firearm at an uninhabited vehicle in regards to the actions of the neighbor,” sheriff’s officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputies Willams, Paslak or Moore at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.

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