San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: 07/05/2016, 9:28 p.m.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Criminal Threats

LOCATION: Valley View Street/ Begonia Place, Joshua Tree

SUSPECT(S): Fred Johnson, 49 year old resident of Joshua Tree

VICTIM(S): 43 year old resident of Joshua Tree


On Tuesday, June 5, 2016, at approximately 9:28 p.m., Fred Johnson threatened to kill the victim, during a dispute. Johnson used a weapon to strike the victim, multiple times, causing injuries. During the fight, the victim was able to gain control of the weapon, and strike Johnson in the head, causing a skull fracture. Johnson was arrested at the scene, and transported to High Desert Medical Center for treatment. Johnson was later booked at West Valley Detention Center, for assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal threats.


Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175.Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.


Refer:Deputy E. Gonzalez

Station:Morongo Basin Station

Phone No.(760) 366-4175

Case No.091601004

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