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Homeless woman steals vehicle with 5-year-old child inside

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( A 5-year-old child is safe after a homeless woman stole the vehicle while the child sat inside, officials said.

It happened when Deputy A. Acosta was flagged down by a man in the 14300 block of Bear Valley Road at 3:33 p.m., on October 3.

“The man stated his vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot, with his 5-year old daughter inside,” sheriff’s officials said in a press release.

According to the release, the victim agreed to give Sandoval a ride to the bank and he decided to stop at another business first while on his way.

“The suspect, who was an acquaintance of the man, waited for him to exit the vehicle to go inside the business and drove away with the child,” officials said.

Sandoval drove the vehicle to the victim’s home and a family member was able to take custody of the 5-year-old. Sandoval once again fled and that’s when deputies located her driving near the intersection of Green Tree Blvd. and Seventh Street.

Sandoval was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and vehicle theft. Her bail is currently set at $250,000 and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. 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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