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UPDATE: Two Detained After Hours Long Stand-Off in the Apple Valley Stater Bros Parking Lot

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A man and a woman were arrested after an hours-long standoff in the Stater Bros parking lot in the Town of Apple Valley.

On April 10, 2024, a deputy with the Apple Valley station attempted a traffic stop on a 2002 Jaguar displaying license plates belonging to a 2015 Volkswagen.

Sheriff’s officials said the driver and passenger, Jeff Sweat 39, and Andrea Miller, 38, both residents of Apple Valley, ignored deputies’ commands and refused to exit the vehicle.

Deputies continued giving commands, attempting to negotiate with the suspects, and after approximately one hour Miller exited the vehicle and was detained without incident.

Additional deputies, Sheriff’s Aviation, and Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division responded to assist.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of a Felon for Weapons and Ammunition Possession After Hours Long Stand-Off

The suspect remained in the vehicle and deputies continued negotiating with him for nearly two hours, however, he continued to ignore commands to exit the vehicle.

After exhaustive efforts to de-escalate the situation and gain the suspect’s voluntary compliance, less lethal irritants and a Taser were deployed, and the male suspect was taken into custody.

Upon conducting a search of the vehicle, deputies located an AR-15 style riffle, high-capacity magazines, and multiple rounds of ammunition.  

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of a Felon for Weapons and Ammunition Possession After Hours Long Stand-Off

Miller was issued a citation for resisting officers and was released with a date to appear in court. Sweat was arrested and will be booked for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of Ammunition.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Apple Valley station at (760) 240-7401 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Upon conducting a search of Rivers’ vehicle, deputies located an AR-15 style riffle, high-capacity magazines, and multiple rounds of ammunition.
(Upon conducting a search of Rivers’ vehicle, deputies located an AR-15 style riffle, high-capacity magazines, and multiple rounds of ammunition. Photo courtesy of Apple Valley Police Department)

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Editors Note: Sheriff’s officials issued a follow-up and said the name of one of the suspects in the initial press release was incorrect. This update is provided to correct the name of the male suspect who has been identified as 39-year-old Jeff Sweat. We apologize for this error.

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