San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: January 21, 2016

INCIDENT: Carjacking LOCATION: 3RD Street/Bella Vista Drive, Yucaipa SUSPECT: Jose Manuel Mendieta, 36, of San Bernardino 


On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at approximately 4:30 a.m, the victim was working as a security guard at a new home development. While closing the gate, he was approached by an unknown suspect holding a hand gun and ordered to the ground. The suspect took the victim’s wallet, cell phone, and vehicle. Deputies recovered the victim’s vehicle later that day and subsequently processed the vehicle for DNA. The results were sent to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Crime Lab for processing. Recently, a DNA profile was obtained that identified Jose Mendieta as a possible suspect. Yucaipa detectives’s authored a search warrant for a new reference sample for Mendieta’s DNA and it was positively matched to the vehicle.


Jose Mendieta is currently in custody at the West Valley Detention Center for an unrelated crime and was charged with P.C.215, Carjacking.    Refer:Detective Stan Wijnhamer Station:Yucaipa Phone No.909-918-2305 Case No.141503862 

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