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Carjacking suspect arrested after wild pursuit

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) A 22-year-old carjacking suspect was taken into custody after leading sheriff’s deputies on a wild pursuit Wednesday night.

It happened at 6:20 p.m. after dispatch received reports of a carjacking at an apartment complex in the 22000 Block Ottawa Road in Apple Valley.

“The victim told deputies two male subjects pulled into the driveway of his apartment complex in a dark-colored vehicle they exited their vehicle and approached the victim who was sitting in his 2004 white Toyota Tacoma. One of the suspects began arguing with the victim and produced an unknown caliber handgun and threatened to shoot him. Fearing for his life, he exited his vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition and fled into his apartment,” described sheriff’s officials in a news release.

One of the suspects fled the area in the victim’s truck which was later located in Lucerne Valley. The Lucerne Valley deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver fled from them and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit continued westbound on Highway 18 into the Town of Apple Valley. Spike Strips were deployed on Highway 18 and the suspects right front tire was punctured.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle on Sitting Bull Road and conducted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) Maneuver causing the suspect to lose control of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle rolled over one time coming to rest on the left driver side of the vehicle.

The Apple Fire Protection District and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and extricated the suspect, later identified as Jacob Hume, from the vehicle.

Hume was taken into custody without further incident and taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment. Hume was subsequently booked into West Valley Detention Center.

This is an ongoing investigation and there is still one suspect outstanding.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Apple Valley Police Station at (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact We-Tip Hotline at 1(800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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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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