San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME OF RELEASE: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 1:00 pm

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder SUSPECT(S): Tristan Wyatt Thorwaldson, age 21, Transient


On Sunday, March 5, 2017, Deputy Jared Rodgers conducted a welfare check on a subject in a vehicle.

A caller had reported a subject in a parked vehicle at the Chevron Station at Escondido Avenue and Ranchero Road. Deputy Rodgers contacted the occupant of the vehicle and asked to speak with him. The subject refused and began to drive away. Deputy Rodgers was afraid he would have been run over, so he grabbed onto the driver’s side window frame of the vehicle as the suspect, later identified as Tristan Wyatt Thorwaldson, drove away. Thorwaldson drove at a high rate of speed, dragging Deputy Rodgers approximately 230 feet. Deputy Rodgers was able to let go of the vehicle as the suspect slowed to turn a corner. Deputy Rodgers suffered minor injuries and received treatment at a local hospital. Deputies from various agencies responded to assist in the apprehension of Thorwaldson and pursued Throwaldson through Hesperia and Victorville for approximately 6 ½ miles. Thorwaldson was taken into custody in the 12800 block of Sixth Avenue in the City of Victorville without further incident. He was booked at High Desert Detention Center where he is currently being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Kevin Riberich at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at Refer: Pamela Hoffman Case #: 071700807 Station: Victor Valley Phone No: 760-552-6845    

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