San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: January 04, 2016, at 5:11pm

INCIDENT:PC245 Assault with a Deadly Weapon

LOCATION:Jasper Rd. in Barstow, Ca.

SUSPECT(S):James Paul Richardson, age24, a resident of Barstow

VICTIM(S): Sylvia Bowron, age 69


On Monday, January 04, 2016, Deputy Woods of the Barstow Sheriff’s Station attempted to stop a black colored Chevy Suburban for no license plate on Jasper Road. The driver of the suburban failed to yield and tried to ram the patrol car. The driver sped away through a residential neighborhood with speeds reaching 60mph. 


The driver continued north to the Mojave River where it entered the dry river bottom then continued eastbound for approximately 8.5 miles and crossed under Interstate 40 Freeway. The pursuit continued through residential neighborhoods in the City of Barstow where speeds reached 70mph. The driver of the suburban also attempted to ram marked law enforcement patrol cars in the Walmart parking lot.


The pursuit ended when the driver crashed into another car at the corner of Armory Road and Muriel Drive. The driver of the second car was transported to Barstow Community Hospital for complaint of pain to her wrist. When the Suburban crashed, the driver, James Richardson,was not injured and exited the suburban then ran toward Stater Brothers Market. California Highway Patrol Officers, who were assisting, took Richardson into custody. During a search near Richardson, a white baggie of suspected Methamphetamine was found.


Sheriff’s Aviation Division, California Highway Patrol and Barstow Police assisted in the pursuit and investigation.


James Paul Richardson was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and bail was set at $110, 000.00


Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Woods of the Barstow Sheriff’s Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the WE-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at


Refer:Deputy K. Woods

Station:Barstow Sheriff’s Station

Case #: 081600016

Phone No.(760) 256-4838

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700