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Police arrest Hesperia man for hit-and-run after he calls to report vehicle stolen

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Police arrested a 34-year-old hit-and-run suspect who left a pedestrian critically injured in the roadway after fleeing the scene of the accident, officials said.

It happened on July 7, 2019, at about 8:37 pm, in the 16200 block of Bear Valley Road, near the entrance to the Food 4 Less shopping center in Victorville.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the 31-year old male victim was hit by a dark-colored Mercedes or BMW while walking on Bear Valley Road. After hitting the victim, the suspect continued westbound on Bear Valley Road.

“The victim suffered multiple serious injuries and was flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment. He was in critical but stable condition,” stated the release.

Unable to locate the suspect, deputies continued the investigation into the incident.

The morning of July 8, 2019, deputies conducted a vehicle check on a black, 2016 Mercedes Benz abandoned in a field near Mojave Street and Mariposa Road in Hesperia. The vehicle had damage consistent with a collision.

That afternoon, Salatiel Macias Palomino contacted the Hesperia Police Department to report his black, 2016 Mercedes Benz had been stolen from his residence sometime overnight.

Deputy A. Ramos with the Victorville Police Department assumed the investigation.

“After several days collecting evidence and conducting interviews, Ramos determined Palomino had been the person driving the Mercedes that struck the pedestrian. Palomino had made the false grand theft auto report in an effort to protect himself,” stated the release.

On July 12, 2019, Palomino was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for hit and run causing serious injury and perjury, both felony offenses. His bail was set at $50,000 and on July 13, 2019, he posted bond and was released. 

(Photo by Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy A. Ramos at the Victorville Police Department 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

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