A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday, October 2, after deputies determined she was driving while high on drugs. About 8:30 p.m., deputies made a traffic stop near Utah Trail and Alta Loma Drive in Twentynine Palms. The driver, Alena Hanschild-Brohamer, 21, showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside her vehicle. Alena Hanschild-Brohamer was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while being addicted to drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited, and released.
A Desert Hot Springs man who is a known shoplifter was arrested in Yucca Valley Friday, October 2. Employees at the Yucca Valley Big Lots called deputies about 5:45 p.m. to say that Francisco Solorio, 43, was in the store and was a known shoplifter at the store and had been asked to leave. A deputy’s report states that Solorio was filling a shopping cart with items and trying to divert attention from his attempts to steal. When the deputy contacted Solorio, he gave them a false identity to conceal his status as a parolee at large from Riverside County. The deputy learned that Solorio had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. During a search, methamphetamine and heroin were found in Solorio’s possession. Francisco Solorio was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of narcotics, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released to Riverside County.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday morning, accused of spray-painting graffiti at the skate parks in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Sunday morning, an employee with the Town of Yucca Valley called to report that someone had used purple spray paint to paint messages on five areas in the skate park in the town’s community center park. Monday morning, an employee with the City of Twentynine Palms reported that its skate park had also been vandalized, and the graffiti was similar to that in Yucca Valley. Surveillance video showed a white man in his early 20 spray painting nine areas inside the skate park. School resource officers identified Paulix Ramirez, 20, as the suspect in both incidents. About 9:40 Friday morning, deputies served a search warrant at Ramirez’s home in the 7000 block of Emerson Avenue in Yucca Valley, and collected evidence linking Ramirez to the crimes. Paulix Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.
Two Twentynine Palms residents were swindled out of $800 by scam artists who were pretending to be Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies. The Sheriff’s Department says a 51-year-old woman, and a 70-year-old man from the 5600 block of Mariposa Avenue said that they received a phone call from a man who was able to mask his Caller ID to show he was calling from the Sheriff’s Department. The man said the woman had a warrant out for her arrest, but she could recall the warrant by paying $800 in gift cards. The woman bought the gift cards and gave the card numbers to the suspect. Deputies remind residents that neither the Sheriff’s Department, nor any other government agency will ever contact residents by phone to pay off arrest warrants, fines, fees, or any other funds with gift cards. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about how to avoid falling prey to these scams…
Neither the Sheriff’s Department nor other government agencies will solicit residents with the above-mentioned tactics in order to collect money. Members of law enforcement agencies do not accept payment for outstanding warrants and do not enforce delinquencies for other government agencies, such as the IRS or Social Security Administration. If you receive one of these calls, please do not give out any personal information, do not wire any money, and do not provide payment in the form of gift cards. Deputies urge residents to share information to prevent others from falling victim to these scammers. If you have fallen victim to a similar scam or have any information related to this investigation, please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175.
A Twentynine Palms father had his 22-year-old son arrested after he said his son caused more than $1000 in damage inside his home. The man said Jacob Urquidez of Twentynine Palms broke an Apple iPad, bathroom mirror and other fixtures, and damaged walls in the living room and bathroom. The damage was estimated at $1,125. Urquidez had left the home by the time deputies arrived a little after 1 p.m., but he was located during an area check. Urquidez allegedly admitted to causing the damage. Jacob Urquidez was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $25,000.