HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez was arrested during a Facebook live broadcast from inside the Hesperia City Hall Thursday morning.
Details leading to the arrest are vague, however, Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Cindy Bachman confirmed the councilwoman was arrested at 9:43 am, at Hesperia City Hall and transported to the High Desert Detention Center. “She will be booked and cite released for Trespassing and Resisting Arrest,” stated Bachman.
The arrest and the entire exchange between Gomez, the sheriff’s deputy, and the Hesperia City Manager was captured on video.
Just before 10:00 am, Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez went live on her Facebook and placed her cell phone on a desk with the camera aimed towards her as she begins typing. Moments later, Hesperia City Manager Nils Bentsen along with a uniformed San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy enter the room.
The deputy says hello and introduces himself as Deputy Crosswhite with the sheriff’s department. Ms. Gomez is then heard asking, “am I being arrested?”
The deputy responds with, “well, are you refusing to leave?” Gomez ask’s the deputy a second time if she is being arrested. The deputy responded with “have you been asked to leave?” Gomez asked a third and fourth time if she is being arrested?
The deputy replies to Gomez and says “mam I need you to answer my question if you don’t answer my question I’m gonna have to take action.” The fifth time Gomez asked if she was being arrested the deputy responded by saying yes for trespassing.
As the deputy attempts to grab the cell phone from the hands of Gomez the two enter into a scuffle. The deputy is heard telling Gomez to stop resisting and to place her hands behind her back. Gomez is heard saying she is not resisting and that she is recording.
Gomez was at reportedly ay City Hall helping Hesperia Council candidates Roberto Lucero and Gonzalo Gurrola file the required paperwork for the November elections.
City of Hesperia Spokeswoman Rachel Molina told Victor Valley News, Gomez was at Hesperia City Hall accompanying a potential City Council candidate and the City would be issuing a press release on the incident.
The story is developing and information will be updated as it becomes available.