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Kidnapped 7-year-old Reunited with Mom

HESPERIA: A 58-year-old man has been arrested and accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old boy in Hesperia.

According to a news release, on 3/19/14 at about 7:18 p.m., Hesperia deputies responded to a report of a missing juvenile from a residence in the 11000 block of First Avenue.

Upon arrival, Deputy Patrick Rose contacted a female who said her 7-year-old child was missing. The mother told Deputy Rose that her son’s friends saw him get into a vehicle with an older man known as “Bobby”.

Deputy Jody Watson recalled that he had recently contacted and identified a transient living in his car who matched the suspect description. With that, they were able to identify the suspect as Robert Fernandez Gonzalez who was driving a gray Hyundai.

Immediately a “BOLO”(be on the lookout) was sent to surrounding Sheriff’s stations. Additional assets including the Sheriff’s helicopter, station personnel and COPs were mobilized to take part in the search.

While canvassing the area, Deputy Brendan Motley observed the suspect vehicle travelling eastbound on Bear Valley and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect did not immediately yield and instead continued into a residential area near Bornite. After the vehicle eventually yielded, Deputies Motley and Watson conducted a felony traffic stop. Inside the vehicle they located the suspect Robert Gonzalez and the child.

The child, although frightened, appeared to be unharmed. Gonzalez, who resisted the deputies during his arrest, was treated for his injuries.

Detective Mark Smith, who had been called to assist in the investigation, was able to reunite the mother with her child.

Robert Gonzalez was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center Victor Valley Jail for PC207(b), kidnapping and PC273a, child endangerment, and he is being held on $500,000.00 bail. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact Detective Mark Smith at the Hesperia Station, 760-947-1500.

This is an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Department to protect the communities it serves. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department or WE-TIP(1-800-87-CRIME, to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.

source: Hesperia Police Department

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