San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: July, 2015 to February 27, 2016

INCIDENT: PC 245(a) (1) Assault With a Deadly Weapon/ PC 245(c)Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer

LOCATION: Highway 138/ Phelan Road

SUSPECT: 16 year old male

VICTIM(S): Multiple

Summary

The Phelan Sheriff’s Station, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol, conducted an investigation into large rocks being thrown at vehicles traveling along Highway 138 near Phelan Road. The incidents would usually occur over the weekend and late at night. On February 27, 2016, during early morning hours, seven incidents were reported to either the CHP or Sheriff’s Department, where vehicles were stuck by rocks. On February 22, 2016, one victim reported a large eight to ten pound rock came through his passenger window striking him and caused a large bruise. On January 10, 2016, a marked Sheriff’s Department vehicle was on patrol in the area and was hit causing damage to the vehicle. Vehicles struck by the rocks sustained minor to major damage. The incidents can be traced back as far as July of 2015.

Deputy Molly Leiker, from the Phelan Station, developed significant information through her investigation that helped break the case. Detective Scott Chapdelaine, also from the Phelan Station, assisted and the suspect was identified. The suspect was interviewed, arrested, and booked at the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention facility on March 2, 2016.

It is believed there are many more incidents that went unreported. The investigation is ongoing and victims are encouraged to contact the Phelan Sheriff’s Station at (760)868-1006, to file a report.

Refer:Sergeant Jeffery Toll or Detective Scott Chapdelaine

Station:Phelan Station

Phone No.(760) 868-1006

Case No.071600107/ 071600772

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