San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: January 21, 2017 / 10:32 am

INCIDENT: PC 245 – Assault with a Deadly Weapon

LOCATION: Webster Road and Soapmine Road, Barstow

SUSPECT(S): Joseph Friend, 45 years old, resident of Barstow.

VICTIM(S): Two victims – Confidential


On January 21, 2017, at about 6:00 am, the suspect, Joseph Friend went to the residence of victim #1 on Webster Road, who he knew personally and the two of them got into an argument. During the argument Joseph punched victim #1 and brandished a handgun. Joseph pointed the gun at victim #1’s face while making threats of shooting him. He fired multiple shots into the floor of victim #1’s residence before leaving the location. Joseph drove to a nearby rock quarry on Soapmine Road and confronted victim #2 at his residence, who he also knew personally. Joseph again brandished a handgun and pointed it at victim #2 as he threatened him. During a brief struggle, victim #2 was able to take the gun away from Joseph and forced Joseph to leave the location. The Sheriff’s Department and Barstow Police Department were notified of the incidents and they responded to the area. Deputies and officers contacted both victims and retrieved the handgun Joseph used from victim #2. After receiving the details of both incidents, deputies and Barstow police officers contacted Joseph at his residence on Webster Road. Joseph was arrested without further incident. Joseph admitted to being under the influence of both alcohol and methamphetamine. A small amount of methamphetamine was located at Joseph’s residence. Neither victim desired medical treatment. Joseph Friend was transported to the High Desert Detention Center, where he was booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threats and Burglary.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case can contact Deputy Daniel Evans or Sergeant Anthony Padfield at the Barstow Sheriff’s Station.

Refer:Deputy Daniel Evans or Sergeant Anthony Padfield

Station:Barstow Station

Phone No.(760) 256-4838

Case No.081700109

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