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DATE/TIME: February 26, 2020 / 10:00 AM

INCIDENT: Suspicious subject arrested on school grounds

LOCATION: St. Timothy’s Preparatory School and Christian Academy

SUSPECT(S): Joseph Parker, age 34 a resident of Apple Valley

SUMMARY: On Wednesday, February 26th at approximately 10:00 a.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Station responded to reports of a male at St. Timothy’s Preparatory School and Christian Academy attempting to contact students and behaving strangely. The subject was said to have an unknown ”shiny” object in his hand and was carrying a backpack. Sergeant Jim Evans arrived within minutes and contacted Joseph Parker. Parker was found to possess two very large knives and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. He was detained without incident.

Sergeant Evans noted the school staff did an excellent job ensuring the safety of the students while relaying important information about the suspect. Although Parker had entered school property and parking lots, he was never allowed to enter the secure areas where the children play and learn.

Joseph Parker was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of weapons at a school. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

Refer: Sergeant James R. Evans

Station: Apple Valley

Phone No. 760-240-7400

Case No. 182001044

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department