Local suspect is extradited to Barstow
to answer allegations of brutal beating.

Posted: November 23, 2011

Current updates are posted below.

Ryan David Gordon, 27
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, November 20.

      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 ago.

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.

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