HESPERIA, CALIF: (VVNG.com) A local photojournalist, for the Victorville Daily Press newspaper, was physically assaulted on Tuesday afternoon, and now a reward is being offered to locate the man responsible.
According to a Daily Press article, Photographer David Pardo was taking photos for their upcoming summer guide when he captured a photograph of a woman feeding a duck at the Hesperia Lake Park.
The woman demanded Pardo delete the photo, but per company policy explained he is not allowed to delete it but assured her the photo would not be used.
Photographs taken in a public place do not require permission to be used, however Pardo requested permission from the woman as a courtesy.
Two men described as Hispanic then approached Pardo and yelled at him and demanded that he delete the photos, in which Pardo politely declined.
According to the Daily Press article the man then punched Pardo, destroyed his camera equipment and threw it in the lake and continued to punch, kick, and stomp on Pardo.
The two men then walked back to their white Nissan Altima described as being a 2013 or possibly newer vehicle. Pardo attempted to get a picture of the vehicle with his cell phone but was noticed by the man, who then returned and attacked Pardo even more before tossing his phone into the lake.
David Pardo spoke with Victor Valley News and stated, “despite the physical, emotional stress and pain, I went thru and still continuing to go thru, I’m blessed with overwhelming support from friends, family, coworkers and the community. I hope the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department can find this dangerous man so justice can be served.”
Pardo stated he fears he may run into the suspect again and just hopes this man is brought to justice soon. He said he was “beaten to a pulp like a pinata,” and does not want this to happen again to anyone in the community.
Hesperia Public Information Officer Karen Hunt told Victor Valley News that she was unable to confirm as of Thursday afternoon if any leads have surfaced.
Daily Press Editor Steve Hunt announced Thursday that he is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the assault.
If you have information about the man who assaulted Pardo, call the Daily Press at 760-951-6270, the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at 760-947-1500, the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or go online to www.wetip.com