San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: July 19, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft Auto/Kidnapping/Felony DUI/Felony Hit and Run

LOCATION: 9th Street / McKinley Avenue, Highland

SUSPECT(S): Oscar Garfias, age 31

VICTIM(S): 2yr old female


On July 19, 2016, deputies from the Highland Police Department responded to a roll-over collision in the area of 9th Street and McKinley Avenue in the City of Highland. Deputies received reports a Hispanic male adult was seen fleeing the area. Witnesses identified the man involved in the collision to be Oscar Garfias. Deputies quickly apprehended Garfias near the collision location.

Deputies determined Garfias had stolen the vehicle from in front of a nearby liquor store. The victim’s 2 year old child was in the car when it was stolen. The child’s parent chased Garfias as he fled. Garfias collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 9th Street and McKinley Avenue.

The child was transported by paramedics for minor injuries and is expected to recover.

Garfias is currently on felony probation for grand theft auto. He was arrested and booked for grand theft auto, kidnapping, felony DUI, and felony hit-and-run. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held without bail.

Refer:Deputy Jacob Hernandez/Deputy Kyle Glozer

Station:Highland Station

Phone No.(909) 425-9793

Case No.131603174/131603178

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