VICTORVILLE, CA – A tense scenario unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday as Victorville law enforcement apprehended a 41-year-old local resident on multiple charges, including kidnapping and vehicle embezzlement.
At approximately 2:31 a.m. on January 24, 2024, Deputy C. Cassidy spotted an SUV speeding eastbound over the I-15 overpass at Nisqually Road.
A quick check revealed the mid-size vehicle was reported as embezzled from a rental company in the area. When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver, later identified as Harvey Gobert, failed to stop, triggering a pursuit.
The chase continued into Casa Bella apartment complex, where Gobert was seen driving recklessly at speeds surpassing 40 mph.
“A passenger inside the vehicle placed her hands outside the window waving for help. A witness heard the passenger shouting she needed help because she was kidnapped,” officials stated in a news release.
Ultimately, Gobert and the passenger exited the vehicle, prompting a foot chase in the area of Little Beaver Street and Magnolia Avenue in Victorville.
Both were subsequently detained. Gobert has been charged with P.C. 207(A) Kidnapping, V.C. 10855 Embezzlement of a Rented Vehicle, V.C. 2800.2(A) Felony Reckless Evading, in addition to an outstanding felony warrant for P.C. 422(A) threatening to commit a crime.
Harvey Gobert is now being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto as the investigation continues.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials have not disclosed details regarding the manner of the alleged kidnapping nor have they confirmed if there was any previous acquaintance between the victim and the alleged abductor.
Authorities are urging anyone with further information on the incident to contact the Victorville Police Station at (760)241-2911.
For those desiring anonymity, tips can be provided through Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760)956-5001 or the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463). Anonymous online tips may also be placed at www.wetip.com.
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