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4 adults, 2 juveniles arrested following assault investigation at Sultana High School in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials said four adults and two juvenile suspects were arrested following an assault investigation that occurred at Sultana High School last month.

It happened at about 4:30 pm on September 18, 2019, when a fight occurred in the parking lot of the school.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “several members/associates of Thee Rascals Criminal Street Gang were found to be involved. The Hesperia School Police conducted an investigation and determined the suspects were not attendees of Sultana High School.”

As a result of the incident, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Regional Gang Team began an investigation.

The suspects were identified as Jonathan Rubio, 20, of Victorville, Efrain Molina, 19, of Hesperia, Brian Gonzalez, 20, of Hesperia, Christina Penaloza, 19, of Hesperia, and two 17-year old juveniles were identified as suspects.

On September 25, 2019, deputies and officers from the High Desert Regional Gang Team, Valley Regional Gang Team, Victorville City Gang Team, Hesperia City Gang Team, Victor Valley Station MET, and Hesperia School Police served a series of arrest and search warrants as a result of an assault that took place at Sultana High School in the City of Hesperia.

Rubio, Molina, Gonzalez, and Penaloza were arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center. Two juveniles were arrested and booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center. Thee Rascals Criminal Street Gang indicia were recovered during the operation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy S. Thurman at (909) 387-844-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

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