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Suicidal Man Surrenders After Negotiations in Phelan

PHELAN, Calif. ( A 33-year-old suicidal man from Victorville prompted the closure of Phelan Road Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at approximately 1:22 pm, the mother of a 33-year-old male reported her son was missing.

“According to his mother, she believed he could be in distress over recent struggles in his personal life, and she believed he was somewhere in his vehicle, a newer model black Dodge Challenger,” stated a sheriff’s press release issued Wednesday morning.

At 3:04 pm, the subject’s mom called back and told Sheriff’s Dispatch that her son had contacted her via text and said he was out of gas on Phelan Road, in Phelan.

“By statements made in the text, she felt her son was suicidal and a threat to any responding law enforcement officers,” stated the release.

It was unknown if the subject had any weapons with him; however, statements he made to her led her to believe he had already injured himself.

Deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded and immediately shut down Phelan Road, Between Eaby Road and Johnson Road, for the safety of the community.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Aviation Division responded to assist with safety measures from the air. After negotiations with the subject, he quietly surrendered without incident at 3:55 pm.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Romero at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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