San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 4, 2016 – 11:54 p.m.  

INCIDENT: Disturbance / Fight / Possession and Under the Influence of Illegal Drugs

LOCATION: 61794 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

SUSPECT(S): Joseph Rotstein, 18 years of age, Morongo Valley

Deseret Pinar, 29 years of age, Joshua Tree

VICTIM(S): Joshua Tree Valero


On March 4, 2016, at approximately 11:54 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Station responded to the report of a naked male breaking merchandise and fighting other patrons at the Joshua Tree Valero. Updated information in the call indicated the naked male had pinned a female down on the floor and was pulling the female’s hair.


Upon the arrival of several deputies, they detained and identified the completely nude male as Joseph Rotstein. During the investigation, deputies determined Rotstein was under the influence of illegal drugs. Deputies also identified one of the females Rotstein reportedly assaulted as Deseret Pinar. Pinar was also found to be under the influence and in possession of illegal drugs. Both were arrested at the scene without further incident.    Refer:Rick Millard, Sergeant Station: Morongo Basin Station Case #: 091600364, 091600365 Phone No. (760) 366-4175

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