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Police: Homeless man who tried to kidnap two young boys in Victorville arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A 36-year-old homeless man accused of trying to kidnap two young boys in Victorville was arrested on Friday.

On July 12, 2018, at about 4:36 p.m., two Sheriff’s Service Specialists, Bracamontes and Lozada, from the Victorville Police Department, were flagged down near Avalon Drive and Inyo Street by two boys, ages 11 and 14, according to a press release provided by the department.

“The boys had been riding their bikes near Avalon Park when a man in a blue van approached them. The man got out of the van and grabbed the 11-year old boy by the shoulder. The boy was able to pull away and run. The man returned to his van and fled the area,” authorities said.

Several deputies conducted a check of the area but were unable to locate the man.

However, on July 13, 2018, Bracamontes was patrolling the area of the incident when he spotted a blue, 1992 Chevy van that matched the description from the attempted kidnapping.

Deputies arrived at the location and made contact with the driver of the van, later identified as Ronald Selby.

Selby was positively identified as the suspect and taken into custody. He was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for attempted kidnapping.

Authorities are released a photograph of Selby and the van he was driving, as it is believed there may be other victims that have not yet come forward.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Cornett at the Victorville Police Department, (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch, (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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