Barstow Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of 16-Year-Old

BARSTOW, Calif:(VVNG.com)- A suspect who attempted to murder a 16-year-old victim on Wednesday, July 7, 2016, was arrested.

On Friday, August 19, 2016, at approximately 10:09 p.m. Officer Justin Laing of the Fontana Police Department’s Rapid Response Team conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle at the intersection of South Highland Avenue and Sierra Avenue in the City of Fontana. Officer Laing contacted the two occupants of the vehicle and immediately recognized the driver to be Robert Garcia, AKA “LIL ROB”, who was wanted by the Barstow Police Department for attempted murder. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Stevie Santos, a resident of Barstow.

Officer Laing contacted the two occupants of the vehicle and immediately recognized the driver to be 20-year-old Robert Jayden Garcia, AKA “LIL ROB”, who was wanted by the Barstow Police Department for attempted murder. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as 21-year-old Stevie Nicole Santos, a resident of Barstow.

As Officer Laing attempted to confirm Garcia’s identity, Garcia provided the officer with a false name. The officer conducted further investigation and was able to confirm, through fingerprints, that the driver was Robert Jayden Garcia. Officer Laing placed Garcia under arrest and notified the Barstow Police Department. The officer also detained Santos until Barstow Police detectives arrived.

Barstow Police Detectives Andrew Reyes and Tom Lewis responded to the Fontana Police Department to conduct interviews with Garcia and Santos.

Upon further investigation, detectives determined that Stevie Santos provided aid to Garcia to prevent his arrest. As a result, Santos was arrested and booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department West Valley Detention Center for PC 32 – Accessory.

Robert Garcia was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department West Valley Detention Center for PC 664/187 (a)- Attempt Murder.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting investigation is urged to contact Detective Andrew Reyes at the Barstow Police Department Detective Division (760) 255-5183. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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