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DATE/TIME: July 2, 2019 / 2:50pm   

INCIDENT: Felon in Possession of Firearms, Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition

LOCATION: 4th and C Streets, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Cody Ryce Mason, 26-year old Victorville resident

James Grippo, 31-year old Victorville resident

Tony Jose Yepez, 27-year old Apple Valley resident

Update: Through continued investigation into the case, deputies learned Tony Jose Yepez was involved in the incident and was driving the vehicle Mason attempted to leave in when he saw deputies arrive. For unknown reasons Mason quickly exited the vehicle shortly after getting in and Yepez fled the area. On July 10, 2019, an arrest warrant was served at Yepez’ home in the 15300 block of Mandan Road, Apple Valley. Yepez was arrested without incident and booked at High Desert Detention Center for felony accessory to a crime. 

SUMMARY: On July 2, 2019, Sheriff’s Service Specialist G. Bracamontes, from the Victorville Police Department, observed two subjects walking on 4th Street, each carrying a large green duffle bag. As he got closer to the men, they both dropped the bags and fled on foot. One of the bags was open at the top and riffle barrels were sticking out.

Deputies responded to the location and both subjects were located and detained. The two were identified as 26-year old Cody Ryce Mason and 31-year old James Grippo, whom are both on active probation. A total of six stolen firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition were recovered. Mason and Grippo were arrested and charged with felon in possession of firearms and prohibited person in possession of ammunition.

The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review and consideration of further charges.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy T. Gagne or Deputy S. Lenihan at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations                  

Station: Victorville Police Department

Case #: 171905708

Phone No. (760) 241-2911

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department