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Burglary Suspect Fled When Approached by Armed Hesperia Resident

HESPERIA-(VVNG.com):  Deputies from the Hesperia station were dispatched to a burglary in progress on the 12900 block of  Whitehaven street Thursday night.

At about 11:06 p.m. the reporting party said that his neighbor ran to his home handed him a weapon and explained that when he arrived home the armed suspect was inside his residence. After explaining, and arming the reporting party, the neighbor ran back to his own home with an additional weapon in-hand according to scanner traffic.

The deputies while enroute, requested assistance from the sheriff’s helicopter which quickly arrived on scene. The male resident said that the suspect was armed with what appeared to be a .45 semi-automatic pistol. 

Deputies from the Hesperia station were dispatched to a burglary in progress on the 12900 block of  Whitehaven street Thursday night.

At about 11:06 p.m. the reporting party said that his neighbor ran to his home handed him a weapon and explained that when he arrived home the armed suspect was inside his residence. After explaining, and arming the reporting party, the neighbor ran back to his own home with an additional weapon in-hand according to scanner traffic.

The deputies while enroute, requested assistance from the sheriff’s helicopter which quickly arrived on scene. The male resident said that the suspect was armed with what appeared to be a .45 semi-automatic pistol.

Just hours later, at about 1:39 a.m. on December 11th, deputies were dispatched to the 14000 block of Tioga Street in Oak Hills. The victim told authorities that the suspect, who forced entry through the back door of his home was found removing property from his home. The suspect, described as a white man with a brown goatee, wearing a black beanie and all black clothing fled through the rear door of the home.

When deputies responded, they located the 52-year-old transient, Rich Allen Vance hiding in a closet at the residence across the street. Authorities said that Vance forced entry into the home in an attempt to hide from law enforcement.  Vance was found to be in possession of property from the previous two locations.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Mark Lewis or Deputy Justin Carty at (760) 552-6800. 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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