According to a San Bernardino Sheriffs Department press release, On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5:10 p.m., Hesperia deputies responded to a man with a gun inside a business in the 14000 block of Bear Valley Road.
Upon arrival Deputy John Clough of the Hesperia SMASH Detail located the suspect who was in possession of a loaded submachine gun. The suspect, later identified as Dwight Evans, fled from the business on foot. Deputy Clough was able to apprehend the suspect a short distance away. The second suspect, Tanasha Parker, had been waiting in a vehicle in the rear alleyway with the passenger door open. Parker fled westbound Bear Valley Road to the I-15 fwy. with her two small children in the vehicle.
A deputy of the High Desert Specialized Enforcement Detail observed the suspect vehicle on the southbound I 15 freeway. He attempted to initiate a traffic stop; however Parker failed to yield and led responding deputies in a high speed pursuit. She continued to evade driving erratically at high speeds, with no regard for public safety or the welfare of her two children. Air support was provided by the Sheriff’s helicopter and with assistance from deputies of the Hesperia and Victor Valley Sheriff’s Stations, the pursuit ended without injury at the Cleghorn exit near the bottom of the Cajon Pass.
Deputies discovered Dwight Evans was on Post Release Community Supervision out of Los Angeles County for PC12021(a), Felon in possession of firearm and assault. Evans was arrested and booked at the Victor Valley Jail for PC211, Robbery, PC273a(a), Child Endangerment, PC29800(a)(1)Felon in possession of firearm and PC186.22 Participation in a criminal street gang. He is being held on $100,000 bail. Additionally, he was booked for two outstanding no bail warrants for Attempt Murder and Criminal Threats, both out of Los Angeles County.
Tanasha Parker was arrested and booked at the Victor Valley Jail for PC273a(a), Child Endangerment and VC2800.2(a)Felony Evading and is being held on $100,000 bail.
The 2 small children (6 & 8 years old) were turned over to Children and Family Services.
This investigation is an ongoing effort by the Hesperia Police Department to protect the communities it serves.
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