Two Landers residents were arrested late Tuesday, accused of shooting out the tire of another vehicle. Deputies were called about 10 p.m. to Kickapoo Trail and 5th Avenue in Landers because Jay Gordon, 37, and Rene Kincaid, 50, were arguing with a victim over another man who was living in the area. The victim said Gordon pointed a gun, at which time they began to fight over the firearm. The victim was able to get control of the gun and tried to leave, at which time Gordon pointed a second gun at the victim and fired it, hitting the tire of the victim’s car. Gordon and Kincaid fled in a vehicle. Deputies and Sheriff’s aviation units searched the area for the suspects, and when they were located, Jay Gordon and Rene Kincaid were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Gordon and Kincaid were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $50,000 each.
The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about the fatal stabbing and deputy-involved shooting in Joshua Tree Sunday. Deputies were called to the Valero gas station at the corner of Highway 62 and park Boulevard in Joshua Tree just after 1 p.m. for a report that two people had been stabbed. One victim, Shane Castro, 24, of Twentynine Palms, was driven to Hi-Desert Medical Center by a private party, where he later died of his injuries. The second victim, Anthony Frugoli, 26, received a non-life-threatening stab wound and was taken to a local hospital. The suspect, identified as David Urrea, 50, of Joshua Tree, had fled before deputies arrived, but deputies reviewed surveillance video and were able to get a description of him, his vehicle, and license plate number. Urrea was a registered sex offender, and had recently registered his address as a campsite in Joshua Tree near Broadway and Copper Mountain. A Sheriff’s helicopter, 40King 3, and deputies began to search the area. Urrea’s vehicle was found by the crew of 40 King 3, along with a woman. Deputies arrived and located Urrea; Urrea threatened a deputy and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. Urea was killed at the scene; the woman with him was not injured. Two teams of investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to the locations and are conducting the investigations.
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We have early information about a homicide in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the Valero Gas station at in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree at 1:03 p.m. Sunday. The investigation determined two adult males were stabbed at the gas station, one fatally and the other with a non-life threatening injury. Sheriff’s Captain Lucas Niles said a short time later, Morongo Basin deputies—with support from a sheriff’s helicopter—located the adult male suspect they believe was responsible for the stabbings. When deputies tried to take this man into custody he was shot and killed in a fatal officer-involved shooting. Residents reported hearing multiple gunshots about 7 p.m. The Sheriff’s Homicide Division is investigating both incidents. Z107.7 will update this story when more information is available.
We have limited information about a homicide in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon. Detectives were called to the Valero gas station in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree at 1:03 p.m. Sunday for a stabbing. The stabbing victim has passed away. Detective are investigating a few crimes scenes in the investigation. Z107.7 will update this story when more information is available.
Deputies are investigating an attempted home invasion robbery in Twentynine Palms. Deputies were called to the 6200 block of Abronia Avenue about 11 p.m. Saturday. The homeowner said two unknown men, wearing ski masks, were pounding on the front door. When the men tried to break the front window, the husband fired two shots from a 9mm handgun through the window at the suspects. The men then fled on foot and deputies were unable to locate them during an area check. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.