San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: 8/20/2016 / 6:40 p.m.


INCIDENT: VC 10851(a) Vehicle Theft

PC 496 D(a), Possession of Stolen Property

HS 11364a, Possession of Paraphernalia


LOCATION: O St. and Barrackman Ct., Needles


SUSPECT(S): Robert Carranza, 22 years old from Topock, Arizona

Andrew Muehlhausen, 27 years old from Fort Mohave, Arizona

Rachel Reyes, 36 years old from Needles, California

Heather Jewell, 42 years old from Needles, California


VICTIM(S): Confidential from Yucca, Arizona


On Saturday, August 20, 2016 around 6:40 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies from the Colorado River Station in Needles conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of O Street and Barrackman Court, the vehicle was reported stolen from Topock, Arizona. The vehicle was occupied by four people and was driven by Andrew Muehlhausen. A high risk traffic stop was initiated and the occupants were detained.


Further investigation revealed a passenger, Robert Carranza, had taken the car without permission from the registered owner in Topock on Thursday, August 18, 2016.A search of the passengers and vehicle revealed Rachel Reyes and Heather Jewell had narcotic paraphernalia.


Robert Carranza was arrested for vehicle theft and booked at the Needles Jail, his bail was set at $50,000. Andrew Muehlhausen was arrested for possession of stolen property and booked at the Needles jail, his bail was set at $50,000.Both Rachel Reyes and Heather Jewell were arrested for possession of paraphernalia and were released at the scene.


Refer: Deputy Tyler Whitcomb


Station: Colorado River Station


Phone No.(760) 326-9200


Case No.211600778

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