San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: July 1, 2016/2:36 PM


INCIDENT: Kidnapping, Child Cruelty


LOCATION: 15300 block of Seventh Street


SUSPECT(S): Terry Ransom, 24 of Hesperia


VICTIM(S): Confidential


On July 1, 2016, Sheriff’s dispatch received a call that a man had tried to take a 4 year old girl from inside of a business. Deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to the business and discovered that Terry Ransom entered the business and grabbed the four year old girl, who was inside with her mother and infant sibling. Ransom attempted to flee the location with the victim but lost his grip on her, just outside of the business, as she tried to get away from him.

The mother of the victim was heard screaming by several nearby people who saw the suspect running from the scene and chased after him. Several deputies responding to the call immediately searched the surrounding area. The suspect was located near the scene and detained without incident.


The victim was scared and upset but did not appear to suffer any physical injuries. The suspect was evaluated at a local hospital and then booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges of kidnapping and child cruelty.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27436) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at


Refer:Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer


Station: Victorville Police Department


Case #: 171607902


Phone No. (760) 241-2911

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