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Vehicle Owner Dragged During Carjacking at Bank of America in Adelanto

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — A man was dragged by his vehicle during a carjacking at the Bank of America in Adelanto.

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, at about 4:00 pm., Deputy A. Schwingel was conducting an area check in the 14200 block of US Highway 395 when he witnessed a female adult, later identified as Jessi Betts, enter the driver’s seat of a vehicle that did not belong to her. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, “the owner tried to pull Betts out of his vehicle but she shut the door of the car, shutting his arm inside and trapping him against the car. Betts then accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of speed through the parking lot and over the curb, dragging the victim.

Adelanto Woman Drags Vehicle Owner During Attempted Carjacking Escape
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Betts, a 21-year-old Adelanto resident, stopped when the vehicle collided with a fire hydrant and fence. Betts exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

“When Deputy Schwingel caught up to Betts, she threw herself onto the ground and started repeatedly slamming her head onto the cement,” stated sheriff’s officials.

man dragged by vehicle during carjacking at bank of america parking lot
(Photo: Samm Iskades-Corona)

Deputy Schwingel detained Betts and attempted to stop her from hurting herself. Medical personnel responded and rendered aid to Betts and the victim.

A warrant was authored for Betts’ arrest, to be served at the time of her release from the hospital. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy A. Schwingel at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, at (760)552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

man dragged by vehicle during carjacking at bank of america parking lot
(Photo: Samm Iskades-Corona)

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