Sheriff Deputies Arrest Seven
Allegedly Not-So-Sharp Shooters
In Newberry Springs

Seized rifle.  What were they thinking?

Posted: May 31, 2018

SHERIFF DEPARTMENT REPORT

DATE/TIME:  May 27, 2018.

INCIDENT:  PC 246.3, Negligent Discharge of a Firearm.

LOCATION:  34000 Block of Troy Road, Newberry Springs.

SUSPECTS:  Armando Pedroza, 26 years of age, of Newberry Springs
Uriel Pedroza, 27 years of age, of Newberry Springs
Allen Owings, 27 years of age, of Newberry Springs
Ramon Cuevas-Cardenas, 29 years of age, of Newberry Springs
Eleuterio Venegas, 25 years of age, of San Gabriel
Luis Venegas, 21 years of age, of San Gabriel
Armando Venegas, 27 years of age, of Rosemead

SUMMARY

    On May 28, 2018, at approximately 6:15 P.M., two residents in the 34000 block of Troy Road in Newberry Springs reported to Sheriff's Dispatch that several bullets had struck their residence and vehicle.  Deputies from the Barstow Sheriff's Station responded and verified bullet holes were found at the scene.  After confirming that the occupants were not injured, the deputies contacted a group of subjects in the desert approximately two hundred yards from the incident location.

    The group claimed they were riding motorcycles in the area.  After further investigation of the scene, a 7.62 caliber semi-automatic assault rifle was found hidden in the bushes nearby.  Fired cartridge casings matching the caliber of the rifle were observed on the ground near the subjects' vehicles.  A bolt carrier, magazines, and live ammunition also matching the rifle's caliber was located within one of their vehicles.  All seven subjects were arrested and transported to the Barstow Jail for negligent discharge of a firearm.

    It is the public's responsibility to know the legal shooting areas.  Please check with the local law enforcement or land management agencies before using any area for shooting.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff's Station at (760) 256-4838.  Citizens wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

    Refer: Deputy J. Carroll, Deputy J. Zeman, Deputy M. Modica, Deputy J. Ko, Deputy C. Dare.

    Station: Barstow Sheriff's Station.   Phone: (760) 256-4838.  Case: 081800770.

Credit: Report provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

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