A Running Springs man was arrested in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon, after he threatened a man. Deputies say that Steven Barnett, 29, burglarized a home in the 56600 block of Antelope Trail, but had a change of heart and returned most of the items to the victim. Barnett then returned to the house with a mutual friend about 3 p.m., where the victim said Barnett brandished a knife and lunged at him with the open blade. The victim said he thought Barnett was going to stab him and was in fear. Deputies located Steven Barnett, who was on parole, and he was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, and on parole violations, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.
We have limited information about a Yucca Valley man who was arrested last week on multiple weapons and drug charges. A Sheriff’s Department Gang Intelligence Team went to a house in the 7700 block of Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, where they contacted Benito Cardenas, 46. Benito Cardenas was arrested on suspicion of selling/transporting a controlled substance; transporting methamphetamine; possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon; possession of body armor by a felon; possession of a machine gun; and bringing drugs into jail; as well as on parole violations, and on multiple arrest warrants for participating in a street gang. Benito Cardenas was booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held on his warrants for $200,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, accused of being in possession of a stolen car. Deputies were called to the 6600 block of Smoke Tree Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning where they found a stolen 2007 Chevrolet. Deputies contacted Anthony Romero, 46. After an investigation, Anthony Romero was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and for an active arrest warrant, booked into the West Valley Detention center, with his bail set at $50,000. Darryn Murray, 39, was also arrested for investigation of being in violation of his parole. Darryn Murray booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held without bail.
Three people found in a stolen rental vehicle in Twentynine Palms by Sheriff’s deputies Sunday afternoon were arrested on various charges. About 3:40 p.m., a deputy stopped a Mazda near Mesquite Springs Road and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms. The Mazda was a rental that had not been returned within five days of its scheduled return date, and had subsequently been reported stolen. The driver, Damonte Whitefield, 35, of Yucca Valley, was arrested for investigation of embezzling a vehicle. Lillie Tryon, 36, of Twentynine Palms, was arrested for investigation of identity theft. They were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each. The third person was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of his parole.
Two Johnson Valley residents were arrested in Johnson Valley Wednesday, after deputies performed a welfare check on a small child. About 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were sent to a home in the 5500 block of Satori Lane in Johnson Valley to check on a small child. Deputies saw Dillon Mathews, 21, fleeing from the location, but were able to take him into custody. During a check of the home, deputies found dog feces, urine, and shards of glass throughout the house. In addition, the house did not have running water and was filthy. The child’s mother, Natalie Halverson, 22, was arrested for investigation of child endangerment. Natalie Halverson was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $25,000.
During the investigation, deputies also identified property that had been reported stolen during a burglary. Dillon Mathews was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property and for violating the terms of his parole. Mathews was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.