Local suspect is extradited to Barstow
to answer allegations of brutal beating.
Posted: November 23, 2011
Current updates are posted below.
Clark County booking photo of Ryan David Gordon.
Ryan David Gordon, a previous resident of Newberry Springs, was extradited
to Barstow from Las Vegas, Nevada, by San Bernardino sheriff officers to answer to charges of
allegedly beating a Newberry Springs man.
The reported unprovoked attack took place on
Sunday, October 9, 2011. Through the coordinated efforts of the San Bernardino County's
Sheriff's Department, the High Desert Crime Impact Team, and the federal U.S. Marshall service,
Ryan Gordon was traced to Las Vegas.
Gordon was arrested on November 2, 25-days after the attack and was
held at the Clark County Detention Center for 20-days until his transfer to Barstow. While
incarcerated at the Las Vegas detention center, Gordon celebrated his 27th birthday last Sunday,
On Tuesday, November 22, Gordon appeared in Barstow's Superior
Court before Judge Victory Roy Stull. The principle charge against Gordon is
violation of California Penal Code 245(a)(1); assault with great bodily injury.
Gordon at the court appearance was provided a copy of the complaint and
arraigned. Having been advised of his rights and plea information, the court entered a plea of
not guilty to all counts and Gordon denied special allegations. The court appointed a public
defender. A pre-preliminary hearing has been set for Tuesday, November 29 at 9 A.M. in
Department B4; and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, December 1, at 9 A.M.,
in Department B4.
Gordon is currently being housed at the sheriff department's Barstow
facility. An enhanced bail has been set at $500,000.
At the time of the attack, Gordon is believed to have had the companionship
of three others, two of whom reportedly conspired with Gordon to catch the fleeing victim;
whereafter, the tall 6-foot 4-inch Gordon, weighing 255 pounds according to sheriff records,
allegedly beat the 5-food 4-inch, 120-pound, 44-year old man to where the victim had to be
transported to Loma Linda by ambulance for reconstructive facial surgery.
Anyone with information about the attack is requested to call sheriff
Detective Darin Lansdown or Sgt. Rod Medley at 760-256-4838.
Nov. 23 - Update: Suspect was transferred to the
West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Nov. 29 - Update: At pre-preliminary hearing
before Judge Margaret A. Powers, defendant's public attorney Mark Shoup had the pre-preliminary
hearing, and preliminary hearing set on Dec. 1, continued.
Pre-preliminary hearing is now set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 A.M. in Dept. B4. Preliminary
hearing is continued to Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 A.M. also in Dept. B4. Defendant Gordon has
been ordered to appear at the hearings. Motion on bail was granted. Bail has been reduced
from $500,000 to $200,000, with commitment pending issued. Gordon's custody remains assigned
to the West Valley Detention Center.
Dec. 6 - Update: Pre-preliminary hearing was
held in which parties announced that they are ready for preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday,
December 8, 2011, at 9:01 A.M. in Department B4. Defendant Gordon remains in the custody
of the sheriff's department.
Dec. 8 - Update: Action came in Barstow
court for defendant's
requested preliminary hearing. Defendant has retained attorney Brian William Watson
from Victorville for representation; the public defender was relieved of his duty. A
pre-preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 10, 2012 at 9 A.M. in Department B4 (due to the new
defense attorney). A disposition/reset hearing was also set for the same time.
Defendant Gordon waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 court days and 60 calendar
days under Penal Code § 859b; and 30 days beyond Jan. 10, 2012. Defendant was ordered to
appear at the next hearing; he remains in sheriff's department custody. Attorney Brian
Watson received his undergraduate studies at California State University of San Bernardino and
attended the University of La Verne College of Law. He was admitted to the bar 22 years
Jan. 10 - Update: Action came for
pre-preliminary conference hearing before Judge Miriam I. Morton. Hearing was continued to
January 18, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. in Department B4. Ryan Gordon remains in sheriff's custody
at the Adelanto Detention Center. The District Attorney's office is seeking maximum
sentence. Bail remains set at $200,000.