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UPDATE: Inmate located and back in police custody after escaping from West Valley Detention Center

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UPDATE 3/8 @7:40 AM – On Friday, March 8th at approximately 5:30 am, deputies from the Specialized Enforcement Division received information that Mario Tafoya was at a residence in San Bernardino.  Deputies surrounded the location and Tafoya was taken into custody without incident.  Tafoya will be transported to West Valley Detention Center and booked for the escape.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities are actively searching for an inmate who escaped from the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday afternoon.

Mario Abraham Tafoya, 19, a transient of Redlands, escaped from the facility on March 6, 2019, and was last seen running in a north-east direction in the area of Etiwanda Avenue and 6th Street at about 3:22 pm, officials said.

Deputies from multiple agencies including sheriff’s aviation and k9 units are continuing to search for the suspect.

Tafoya is known to frequent the area of San Bernardino, Redlands and Highland.

Sheriff’s officials said Tafoya was arrested on January 31, 2019, for PC 245 Assault with a Deadly Weapon and VC2800.2 Evading Police/Disregard for Public Safety.

“Tafoya is considered dangerous, and members of the public should not contact him. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tafoya is asked to immediately call 911,” officials said.

He’s described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 152 pounds, brown hair, green eyes with face tattoos. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and no shoes.

Detective Nicholas Clark or Sergeant Ryan Smith can be reached at (909)387-3589 at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division.

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may 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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18-year-old out on bail arrested again after a pursuit in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old out on bail was arrested again after leading Victorville deputies on a pursuit.

At about 2:28 AM on August 6, 2020, a deputy from the Victorville Police Station observed a vehicle run a red light at Amargosa and Palmdale Roads and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Antoine Jackson, of Victorville, failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit for approximately 7 miles, officials said.

During the pursuit, Jackson drove at high speeds, exceeding 100 mph at times. He also drove in opposing traffic lanes and ran several red lights and stop signs.

The pursuit came to an end in the 12500 block of Terrano when Jackson crashed into a parked car.

Jackson, who was out on bail from a July 28, 2020 arrest, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for VC2800.2(A) Evading a Peace Officer with disregard for safety and PC12022.1(B) New Felony Offense while on bail.

His bail is set at $100,000 and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 10, 2020.

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1900 lbs of marijuana seized from six residential locations in Victorville

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Victorville MET deputies served 6 search warrants at illegal marijuana cultivation sites;1900 lbs of marijuana seized

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Search warrants at six different homes in Victorville resulted with 1900 lbs of marijuana seized.

During the month of July, deputies with Victorville Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) conducted an extensive investigation into several residential locations throughout the city, suspected to be illegal, indoor marijuana cultivation sites.

Information obtained through the investigation led to the procurement of search warrants for multiple locations.

On July 23, 2020, MET deputies conducted a one-day operation, serving six search warrants. During the service of the search warrants, all six of the locations were confirmed to have been converted into illegal cultivation sites.

Deputies discovered 4,997 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, inside the six houses. In total, over 1,900 pounds of marijuana was seized for destruction.

  • 14300 block of Pioneer Way, Victorville
  • 14300 block of Pioneer Way, Victorville
  • 15900 block of Opal Mountain Place, Victorville
  • 15900 block of Blue Colt Way, Victorville
  • 13700 block of Sunshine Terrace Street, Victorville
  • 14900 block of Stone Drive, Victorville

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team at (760) 241-2911 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 information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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