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Hesperia Dispute Escalates to Sword Assault; Suspect Faces Attempted Murder and $1 Million Bail

HESPERIA, Calif. ( – A dispute turned violent in Hesperia when an argument between two individuals resulted in a severe injury involving a sword. At approximately 9:31 a.m., on January 25, deputies from the Hesperia Police Department were dispatched to an assault incident on the 11200 block of Balsam Avenue.

Upon their arrival, authorities discovered a victim had been assaulted with a sword following a heated verbal exchange. The suspect, who had fled the scene after the confrontation, was apprehended by officials nearby.

Hesperia Deputy Investigates an Attempted Murder Incident. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, VVNG – Victor Valley News)

The investigation revealed that the altercation had escalated when the suspect, Andrew Raymond Sanchez, a 41-year-old Hesperia resident, pressed the sword against the victim’s throat.

Hesperia Deputy Investigates an Attempted Murder Incident. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, VVNG – Victor Valley News)

Authorities reported that as the victim attempted to remove the blade from his throat, the assailant exerted increased force on the weapon, resulting in the victim suffering a severe injury to the hand. The injured party was subsequently transported to a trauma center to receive medical attention.

Sanchez was taken into custody and booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, with the bail set at a steep $1,000,000.00.

The Hesperia Police Department urges anyone with insight into the incident to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation.

Authorities are available to be contacted at (760) 947-1500 or through the Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

For those wishing to provide information anonymously, the We-Tip Hotline can be reached at 1-800-78-CRIME, or tips can be left on the We-Tip website at

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