San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:  November 22, 2016 / 12:52 p.m.

INCIDENT:   PC 496 (d)– Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

LOCATION:  Cajon Blvd / Kenwood Avenue; City of Devore

SUSPECTS:James Lee Heimericks, 46 years old, resident of Devore


On Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at about 12:52 p.m., deputies from Sheriff’s Central Station were dispatched to the area of Cajon Blvd and Kenwood Ave in Devore, reference two male subjects seen fighting in the wash area near that location. At 1:09 p.m., deputies arrived in the area and located a 2002 Toyota Camry hidden amongst the bushes in the wash area. A records check of that vehicle revealed the vehicle was reported stolen to the Rialto Police Department one month earlier. As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed Heimericks hiding in the bushes about 100 feet away from the vehicle. They ordered Heimericks to show himself, at which time he fled on foot south through the wash area. Deputies gave chase and lost sight of Heimericks. Deputies continued to search the area, and followed his tracks through the wash for approximately ¾ mile, at which time they located Heimericks laying on the ground, bleeding from the head and not breathing. It appears that Heimericks fell as he was running and hit his head on a large rock. Deputies and medical personnel on scene immediately began giving CPR to Heimericks. Air Medics from Sheriff’s Aviation Division were dispatched to the scene and Heimericks was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment. Heimericks was placed in a medically induced comatose state and remains in critical, but stable condition.


Detectives from Sheriff’s Central Station and the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded and conducted a thorough investigation. Evidence was located at the scene linking Heimericks to the stolen vehicle. Additionally, a small camp site area was located nearby and it was determined that Heimericks was in possession of a large amount of copper wire. Additional evidence was located indicating Heimericks had been using methamphetamines and alcohol prior to deputies attempting to contact him. Detectives found no evidence of a fight (as initially reported) and no other suspects were located in the area.


Upon completion of the investigation, Detectives will forward the case to the District Attorney’s Office for filing of criminal charges against Heimericks.


Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Central Station. If you choose to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME. 


Refer:      Detective Bureau

Station: Central Station

Phone No:   (909) 387-3545    

Case No:011605131

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