San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
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
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
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