On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Deputies Rob Oakleaf and Randy Stanley from the Sheriff’s Rural Crime Task Force recovered a stolen Caterpillar skid steer valued at $38,000.
The Rural Crime Task Force, who is assigned to the Victor Valley Station with a countywide responsibility, acts as a law enforcement liaison to the construction industry. Deputies Oakleaf and Stanley worked with Atkinson Construction Company to develop leads on the stolen skid steer. The skid steer was stolen March 18, 2017, from a job site on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. Deputies located the skid steer at a residence on the 13000 block of Nevada Rd. in Phelan and contacted Robert Vansurksum who claimed to be the owner of the skid steer. Although identifying information had been removed from the equipment, the Deputies were able to verify it was the stolen skid steer from Atkinson Construction.
Robert Vansurksum was booked at the High Desert Detention Center. He is currently out on bond.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputies Rob Oakleaf or Randy Stanley 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 www.wetip.com. Deputies arrest a Phelan man after he fired several shots at his roommate
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 12:13 am deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a dispute at a residence in the 14400 block of Tumbleweed Road in Phelan.
Deputy Sean Byrne responded to the residence and learned a dispute had occurred between roommates. During the dispute the suspect, Ronald Patterson, went into the residence and retrieved a 22 caliber handgun. Patterson fired 2 rounds towards the victim, however, neither shot struck the victim. During the investigation Patterson opened his gun safe for deputies and inside a “simulator hand grenade” explosive device was found.
Ronald Patterson was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges of possession of an explosive device and assault with a firearm. Patterson is currently being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy Sean Byrne at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may report information to We-Tip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com. North Hollywood man arrested in Phelan
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Edward R. Abarca met with an ex-girlfriend to exchange property. Abarca choked the victim and drug her by her hair to his vehicle. Abarca had a firearm and threatened to shoot the victim if she did not comply. Abarca demanded the victim’s current address while continuing to threaten her with the firearm, even discharging the firearm through the window of the vehicle. Once they arrived at the residence, Abarca threatened the victim’s new boyfriend and took the victim and their child against their will.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s dispatch received a report of the threats, assault, and kidnapping when Abarca left the residence in the 7700 block of Del Rosa Road in the community of Phelan. Deputies were able to obtain a vehicle description and registration information which was relayed to other deputies. Deputy Ty James located the vehicle as it was entering the I-15 freeway at Joshua Street. Once additional deputies were in place, the vehicle was stopped on the I-15 freeway just south of the CA Hwy 138 overpass.
Edward R. Abarca was taken into custody without incident. Abarca was booked into West Valley Detention Center on kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant, felon in possession of a firearm and criminal threats. Abarca is currently being held on $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy David Moore at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, Phelan Substation, at (760) 868-1006. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may report information to WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or by accessing WeTip’s website at www.wetip.com.
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