A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of brandishing a loaded shotgun at another man. The victim told deputies that he had been arguing with Gary Riddle, 38, about 3:15 a.m. in the 6200 block of Palo Alto Avenue in Yucca Valley. The victim said that Riddle retrieved the loaded shotgun from his bedroom, and as he approached the victim, he threatened the victim with it. The man feared for his life and fled while his wife called 911. Gary Riddle was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
Two people were injured during a suspected DUI crash east of Twentynine Palms. About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Daniel Hernandez, 36, of Anaheim, was driving a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and pulling a small trailer, westbound on Highway 62. As he approached Ironage Road, Hernandez said he fell asleep and allowed the SUV to drift off onto the north shoulder. Hernandez then woke up and over-corrected to the left, crossing all lanes of traffic. The FJ Cruiser continued into the desert and overturned several times, causing minor injuries to Hernandez and his passenger, Jahayra Vega, 33, of Perris. Daniel Hernandez was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was arrested for investigation of felony DUI causing injuries. Hernandez and Vega were taken to the Hi-Desert Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries. Hernandez was then booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000. The CHP reminds residents to designate a sober driver.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested last week, accused of driving while high on drugs. About 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle for vehicle code violations near Split Rock Avenue and El Paseo Drive. The deputy saw the rider, Chad O’Connor, 36, operating the off-highway dirt bike without a helmet on city streets. The deputy suspected that O’Connor was riding under the influence of drugs and conducted a field sobriety test. O’Conner is on parole, and during a search, the deputy found suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia. Chad O’Connor was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and was held without bail for his parole violation.
A Riverside County woman was arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of being a drug dealer. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies stopped a vehicle, driven by Karen Sirak, 47, of Homeland, about 2:40 a.m. near Highway 62 and Barberry Avenue in Yucca Valley for a vehicle code violation. Deputies determined Sirak was driving from Riverside County to Bullhead City, Arizona, to sell methamphetamine, when she was stopped in Yucca Valley. Karen Sirak was arrested on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance for sales and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $75,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested last week, accused of threatening to kill another man. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Andre Brown, 33, approached a passenger in a vehicle outside the victim’s home in the 7800 block of Valley Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning. The victim told deputies that Brown punched him in the face through an open car window and then pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at his head and said he was going to kill him. The victim quickly left and called deputies. Members of the Specialized Enforcement Division responded to the scene to assist deputies with serving a warrant on Brown. Brown was arrested without incident at his home in the 7400 block of Elk Trail about 11:45 a.m. that morning. During a search of Brown’s home, deputies located stolen firearms and narcotics. Andre Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, and brandishing a firearm. He was booked into Morongo Basin Jail and is being held on $50,000 bail.