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Undercover Prostitution Sting Nets 19 Arrests in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) 19 people were arrested following a prostitution sting in Victorville.

On June 16, 2017, deputies from the Victorville Police Department conducted an 8-hour operation. Deputies went undercover and posed as “Johns” and prostitutes in the area of 7th Street and Tatum Road.

Their efforts were aimed at identifying prostitutes and those soliciting prostitutes and charging them with those crimes, officials said.

The area the sting was conducted in has become a highly saturated area for those soliciting sex.

“This type of illegal activity puts the safety of our citizens at risk. It also deters consumers from doing business in the area, making it difficult for the businesses to thrive,” Sheriff’s officials stated.

The operation was nearly busted when a store clerk began to notify customers of the undercover operation as they went into the store to withdraw cash from the ATM.

The Victorville Police Department released the names of those arrested in hopes of deterring future occurrences.

John Muessel, 30-year old Texas resident
Lucio Carachure, 33-year old Victorville resident
Charles Swain, 46-year old Victorville resident
Gustavo Hernandez, 33-year old Hesperia resident
Vannak Taing, 32-year old Adelanto resident
Julio Bautista-Cruz, 24-year old Hesperia resident
Laurence Gordon, 20-year old Apple Valley resident
Efrain Cruz Bautista, 28-year old Victorville resident
Justin Smith, 35-year old Apple Valley resident
Daniel Vasquez, 31-year old Victorville Resident
Cynthia Romo, 50-year old Victorville resident
Jeffery Mann, 58-year old Hesperia resident
Natalie Aiello, 58-year old Victorville resident
Kristina Deal, 39-year old Victorville resident
Tina Kelly, 38-year old Victorville resident
Moises Vega, 21-year old Anaheim resident
Veronica Brown, 48-year old Victorville resident
Aneesah Price, 36-year old Hesperia resident

*Jose Ramirez, 53-year old Victorville resident, was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm.

The Victorville Police Department encourages anyone who observes this type of activity to report it by calling (760) 956-5001.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted

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HESPERIA, Calif.(VVNG.com) — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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Barstow man wanted for kidnapping, robbery arrested after pursuit

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BARSTOW, Calif. –A 24-year-old suspect wanted for kidnapping, robbery, and several outstanding warrants, was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended with a crash in Barstow, officials said.

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 7:26 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in the Needles area where the victim reported a robbery and kidnapping that began at the Motel 6 at 1420 J St in Needles. 

Deputies investigating learned the victim was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Motel 6 and forced to go to a residence by the suspects.  “Once at the residence, the suspects stole items and then made the victim take them to an ATM where the victim was forced to withdraw money,” stated sheriff’s officials.

The victim was released by the suspects and deputies were able to track them back to the Motel 6. The three suspects were identified as Jamil King-Hobbs, 24, a resident of Barstow, Terra Thomas, 18, and 21-year-old Dantiaja Almanzor, both residents of Las Vegas.

Officials said due to the suspects being armed and previously committed a violent crime, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Division (SWAT) was called to assist. 

Prior to SWAT’s arrival, King-Hobbs got into a stolen vehicle and fled the motel.  Deputies attempted to stop him, but he led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on I-40 to Barstow. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, “King-Hobbs exited the freeway in Barstow and drove through neighborhoods where he intentionally rammed a marked Sheriff’s unit.” 

Valvalmarie Solis was driving by when she witnessed the ending of the pursuit and started recording with her cell phone. In the video, an unmarked white pick-up truck rams the suspect’s vehicle several times in an attempt to stop the suspect. The pursuit terminated when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into an apartment complex and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident,

Deputies followed up at the Motel 6 in Needles where a search warrant was served and Thomas & Almanzor were arrested.  Weapons and evidence were located inside the motel room as well as inside the stolen vehicle driven by King-Hobbs.

King-Hobbs was booked into the Barstow Jail where he is being held pending a court hearing on $250,000 bail for PC 212.5 – Residential Robbery, PC207 – Kidnapping, CVC2800.2 – Felony Evading, PC 245 – Assault with A Deadly Weapon on A Peace Officer, and CVC 10851 – Vehicle Theft.  Hobbs was also found to have a no bail felony theft warrant and a $20,000 warrant for battery out of San Bernardino County.  He also has a no bail felony warrant out of Nevada for weapons violations.   

Thomas and Almanzor were booked into the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 207 – Kidnapping with bail at $250,000 each.      

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-788-CRIME (27463), or may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com

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Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-15 freeway in Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A tractor-trailer fire on the southbound I-15 prompted authorities to block the Duncan Canyon Road off-ramp in Fontana.

At about 11:00 AM on Monday, August 10, 2020, firefighters responded to a vehicle fire and located a red Volvo 18-wheeler with the cab fully engulfed and spreading to the trailer.

According to the CHP incident logs, the breaks on the truck were reported to be on fire and the trailer was reportedly hauling steel plates.

Just before 11:30 AM, crews reported the fire was under control to both the vegetation and the trailer. Firefighters will remain on scene for 30-45 minutes for mop-up.

No injuries were reported and the official cause of fire is under investigation.

(Cell phone video by Anthony M. Diaz)

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