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Homeless man sleeping in vehicle beaten with crowbar; 3 suspects at large



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VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A 30-year-old homeless man sleeping inside his vehicle was awakened by three men who beat him with a crowbar, officials said.

It happened on April 24, 2020, at about 10:41 am, in the desert behind the Walmart in the 12200 block of Palmdale Road in Victorville.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez told VVNG the victim was asleep when three unknown males opened the door to his vehicle and began beating him with a crowbar.

Rodriguez said the suspects were ordering the victim out of the vehicle as they hit him. “The victim was able to remain in the vehicle, despite being beat by the suspects, and the suspects fled,” stated Rodriguez.

The victim was able to drive himself a short distance to a relative’s house for help and was eventually transported to a local hospital for treatment. Rodriguez said the victim’s condition was unknown and there had been no arrests.

Sheriff’s officials haven’t said if there is any connection to an incident reported last week by VVNG, where a homeless man was kidnapped, tied up, and stabbed by three suspects. Sheriff’s officials said the victim had been sleeping in the desert near Nisqualli and Balsam when he was approached by three men and beaten with a crowbar. Covered in blood and with multiple wounds, the victim was able to walk to Circle K for help.

The following day after the above kidnapping in an unrelated incident, an anonymous user sent VVNG a Snapchat video of what he described as a possible kidnapping outside of the Circle K on Nisqualli Road.

The video-clip showed three men and two women with what appeared to be a large shiny object dragging a man and forcibly placed him into the back seat of a four-door sedan. One of the females jumped into the driver seat before speeding away. The three men are seen tossing a backpack before walking away.

VVNG inquired about the video with sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller and she said deputies were called to the location reference a fight between several subjects.

“Upon arrival, all involved subjects had left the location.  According to witnesses, the involved persons appeared to be under the influence; one of the involved males was picked up by a female.  The other involved subjects left the location in another vehicle,” stated Miller.

Miller said witnesses were not able to provide deputies with any further information or a description of either vehicle. 

Again, sheriff’s officials have not stated there is any connection between the three unrelated incidents mentioned above.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available and anyone with information is asked to call the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911.

UPDATE 5/1 –VVNG was contacted by the wife of the man being dragged in the video. Per the wife, her husband was not being kidnapped and those were his brothers trying to get him to rehab and called it “tough love”. She also they’ve tried getting him help for a while and is already back on the streets again.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted



HESPERIA, Calif.( — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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Barstow man wanted for kidnapping, robbery arrested after pursuit



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BARSTOW, Calif. –A 24-year-old suspect wanted for kidnapping, robbery, and several outstanding warrants, was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended with a crash in Barstow, officials said.

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 7:26 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in the Needles area where the victim reported a robbery and kidnapping that began at the Motel 6 at 1420 J St in Needles. 

Deputies investigating learned the victim was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Motel 6 and forced to go to a residence by the suspects.  “Once at the residence, the suspects stole items and then made the victim take them to an ATM where the victim was forced to withdraw money,” stated sheriff’s officials.

The victim was released by the suspects and deputies were able to track them back to the Motel 6. The three suspects were identified as Jamil King-Hobbs, 24, a resident of Barstow, Terra Thomas, 18, and 21-year-old Dantiaja Almanzor, both residents of Las Vegas.

Officials said due to the suspects being armed and previously committed a violent crime, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Division (SWAT) was called to assist. 

Prior to SWAT’s arrival, King-Hobbs got into a stolen vehicle and fled the motel.  Deputies attempted to stop him, but he led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on I-40 to Barstow. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, “King-Hobbs exited the freeway in Barstow and drove through neighborhoods where he intentionally rammed a marked Sheriff’s unit.” 

Valvalmarie Solis was driving by when she witnessed the ending of the pursuit and started recording with her cell phone. In the video, an unmarked white pick-up truck rams the suspect’s vehicle several times in an attempt to stop the suspect. The pursuit terminated when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into an apartment complex and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident,

Deputies followed up at the Motel 6 in Needles where a search warrant was served and Thomas & Almanzor were arrested.  Weapons and evidence were located inside the motel room as well as inside the stolen vehicle driven by King-Hobbs.

King-Hobbs was booked into the Barstow Jail where he is being held pending a court hearing on $250,000 bail for PC 212.5 – Residential Robbery, PC207 – Kidnapping, CVC2800.2 – Felony Evading, PC 245 – Assault with A Deadly Weapon on A Peace Officer, and CVC 10851 – Vehicle Theft.  Hobbs was also found to have a no bail felony theft warrant and a $20,000 warrant for battery out of San Bernardino County.  He also has a no bail felony warrant out of Nevada for weapons violations.   

Thomas and Almanzor were booked into the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 207 – Kidnapping with bail at $250,000 each.      

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-788-CRIME (27463), or may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-15 freeway in Fontana



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FONTANA, Calif. ( — A tractor-trailer fire on the southbound I-15 prompted authorities to block the Duncan Canyon Road off-ramp in Fontana.

At about 11:00 AM on Monday, August 10, 2020, firefighters responded to a vehicle fire and located a red Volvo 18-wheeler with the cab fully engulfed and spreading to the trailer.

According to the CHP incident logs, the breaks on the truck were reported to be on fire and the trailer was reportedly hauling steel plates.

Just before 11:30 AM, crews reported the fire was under control to both the vegetation and the trailer. Firefighters will remain on scene for 30-45 minutes for mop-up.

No injuries were reported and the official cause of fire is under investigation.

(Cell phone video by Anthony M. Diaz)

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