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Man who stabbed Victorville business owner to death sentenced

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A Norwalk man who stabbed a well-loved business owner to death in 2017 was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by a San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge.

In August, a jury found the suspect Tom Joseph Raymond, 30, guilty of both First-Degree Murder and Using a Deadly Weapon in the murder of Chong Suk Hong, 62, of Victorville.

The shocking crime happened on July 30, 2017, inside the Victorville Galleria Indoor Swapmeet at 14560 Palmdale Road in Victorville.

Sheriff’s officials said that at about 5:40 pm, Raymond walked into Chong’s shop ‘Xtreme Menswear’ where he violently assaulted and stabbed her multiple times as he robbed her.

After the attack, Raymond attempted to flee the scene but was detained by security who held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Sheriff’s officials said there was no evidence suggesting Raymond knew Chong or had been to her shop in the past.

Chong was rushed to a local area hospital, but despite life-saving efforts, she succumbed to her injuries and Raymond was arrested for her murder.

According to public court documents, early on in the case, a psychiatrist had found Raymond mentally competent to stand trial, but because he had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, that same jury, after deciding guilt, had to decide whether Raymond passed the McNaghten Test.

Under California law, a person is “legally insane”, and able to assert the legal defense of insanity, if because of a mental illness, he either cannot understand the nature of his criminal act or cannot distinguish between right and wrong. During the sanity phase of the trial, the jury found him to be sane at the time of the murder.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, Judge Cara D. Hutson sentenced Raymond to one year in State Prison on the Deadly Weapon charge, followed by 25 Years to Life for the First Degree Murder conviction. He will receive no credit to shorten either sentence.

The victim’s son James Hong spoke with Victor Valley News and said it’s been a long and hard road and there are times when he feels like just giving up on humanity because of what happened, but he is reminded that there are still selfless people out there doing good.

“The love, support, and prayers that the community has offered us is priceless. If I had the resources I would love on each and every one of you that walked alongside us in the most difficult times of our life. Too many to thank in specific, but I know you guys know who you are. Thank you to Hugo for going out of his way in giving me a platform to reach out and thank the masses in a way that I could never have done. I truly am indebted to everyone, I’m sorry that I cannot do something extravagant for you all, but know that my heart is there. I truly believe in the power of prayer, this I have experienced, if y’all could continue to pray that Tom Raymond does not get the appeal he is filing. And to everyone, please be safe, thank you and from my family, we truly thank you from our hearts,” stated James.

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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Man arrested for the murder of his 30-year-old son in Victorville

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Deputies responded to a shooting in the 16700 block of Yucca Ave. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 49-year-old Victorville man was arrested for the murder of his son, officials said.

At about 10:00 PM on Friday, August 7, 2020, deputies responded to the 16700 block Yucca Avenue regarding to 911 calls of gunshots heard near an apartment complex, officials said.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department arrived and detained a male, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Sr., outside of the complex.

Deputies quickly located an unresponsive male victim, outside of the apartment, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Jr., was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and determined there was an altercation between Clyde Jr. and his father, Clyde Sr.

“At some point during the altercation, Clyde Sr. shot and killed his son outside of the apartment,” stated sheriff’s officials.

Clyde Buschbaum Sr. was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for murder.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michelle Del Rio, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com

Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)
Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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