San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:Tuesday, April 26, 2016 / 7:30 pm UPDATE – Thursday, April 28, 2016

INCIDENT:Penal Code 273a(a) – Felony Child Endangerment

LOCATION:61794 Twentynine Palms Hwy (Valero Gas Station), Joshua Tree

SUSPECT(S):Nichole Pederson, 27 years, Joshua Tree

Robbie Pederson, 36 years, Joshua Tree

VICTIM(S): 4 year old white female (confidential)


UPDATE – Thursday, April 28, 2016

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 1:48 pm, sheriff’s dispatch received a call that Robbie Pederson was possibly at an address on the 400 block of Cady Road in Joshua Tree. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location at about 2:24 pm and located Robbie and took him into custody without incident.


Robbie Pederson was arrested for his two outstanding misdemeanor warrants and also for Penal Code 273a(a) – Felony Child Endangerment and booked into the Morongo Basin jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.



On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Valero Gas Station in Joshua Tree reference a 4 year old female left in the restroom at the business. During the investigation deputies spoke to witnesses and reviewed store security video and learned the child was at the business with at least three adults and several other young children at around 5:30 pm. When they left the business, in a black 2000 model Dodge Ram 4 door truck, the 4 year old child was left behind in the restroom. The child wasn’t discovered until about 7:30 pm when the Sheriff’s Department was called. At the time, deputies could not identify the adults and the 4 year old child could only give the first names of her mother and father. The child was in good health and turned over to the custody of the Children and Family Services (CFS) pending the location of the parents.


At about 10:30 pm, Nichole Pederson called the Valero Gas Station inquiring about her lost child; nearly five hours after she was left at the business. Deputy T. Hodgins was able to locate Nichole and several locations were checked in an attempt to conduct a welfare check on Nichole’s five other children, but she did not lead deputies to their location. Through investigation, it was learned that the father of the 4 year old was also present at the Valero Gas Station and was identified as Robbie Pederson.


On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at about 4:30 am, Deputy Hodgins received information as to the location of the five children. The children were located and CFS was contacted to take them into protective custody. Robbie was not located with the children.


Nichole Pederson was arrested for Penal Code 273a(a) – Felony Child Endangerment and booked into the Morongo Basin jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail. An arrest warrant for Robbie Pederson will be sought through the District Attorney’s office for the same charge.


Refer:Steve Wilson, Sergeant

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Case #: 091600636

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