We have more information about the 77-year-old man who was arrested Sunday, accused of attempted murder. Robert Cariker, of the 5600 block of Maloof Lane in Johnson Valley, had a dispute with a tenant over money, and allegedly took a shotgun and shot out two tires on the tenant’s 2000 Ford Excursion, and one tire on the trailer being towed behind the Excursion. The victim fled the scene in his vehicle and the shooting was reported about 5 p.m. Robert Cariker was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, with his bail set at $1 million. Cariker was arraigned in Joshua Tree Superior Court yesterday; the attempted murder charge was changed to five other charges: shooting at a vehicle, two counts of assault with a firearm on a person, and two counts of criminal threats which will result in death or bodily injury. After pleading not guilty to all charges, Cariker’s bail was reduced to $650,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of attempted murder after he shot at a man in the Hanson Tract area. According to the Sheriff Department, a man saw a white sedan driving slowly and without its lights on through the neighborhood in the 7400 block of Kellogg Avenue about 11 p.m., and tried to take a photo of the car’s license plate. The driver of the vehicle got upset, and started yelling at the man and brandished a handgun before speeding away. The witness called 911 and attempted to find the man. Shortly after another vehicle, this one a black Willy’s-style Jeep—which the witness said was driven by the same man—drove by, and the driver, later identified as Mark White, 58, pointed the gun at the victim and fired five shots, before speeding off on Sherman Hoyt. The witness said the bullets missed him and his vehicle. Many neighbors called 911 to report shots fired in the area. The Sheriff’s Department called in a helicopter to aid in the search for the shooter. The investigation led deputies to a home in the 7400 block of Sherman Hoyt, and deputies used a public address system for residents to come out. White came out and was detained without incident. The witness identified White as the shooter. Several firearms were collected from White’s home. Mark White was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.
The Sheriff’s Department is searching for two male juveniles after one of them shot at a vehicle in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the boys, described as Hispanic, were in the 7300 block of Valley Vista about 1 p.m. when they attempted to steal a hookah pipe from a home. One of the home’s residents confronted the boys, who fled. Then the homeowner got in his pickup truck and drove up the street looking for the boys. He saw one of the boys and confronted him, and the boy took out a handgun and fired two shots into the truck’s door and then fled. The driver was not injured. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
A Joshua Tree man is in custody following a shooting and crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jim Thornburg said Joseph Rojas, 20, was arguing with Terry Hill, 26, and Elaina Bixon, 21, in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail, when Rojas pulled out a handgun and shot Hill, grazing him in the head. As Rojas left the scene, he fired a shot at Bixon, hitting her in the leg. 911 calls at 9:22 reported two shots had been fired. Thornburg said Rojas then got into a white Mitsubishi, with Alicia Bravo, 39, of Beaumont, in the passenger seat. Rojas drove toward Onaga Trail, and then north on Warren Vista. Witnesses called 911 to report a man driving erratically, and one woman followed the suspect to give his location to deputies. Thornburg said while deputies were responding to the scene of the shooting, they received a report of a car crash at the intersection of Warren Vista and Yucca Trail involving a car that matched the description of the fleeing white Mitsubishi. Witnesses said Rojas drove through the stop sign without stopping. Deputies located the handgun inside the Mitsubishi. Terry Hill and Elaina Bixon were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Bravo in the car with Rojas had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life; she suffered a neck injury in the crash and remains hospitalized at Hi-Desert Medical Center. It’s unknown at this time what her involvement is with the shooting. The driver of the other vehicle was treated at the scene and released. Joseph Rojas, who sustained minor injuries, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend said he was shooting at her during a car chase. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Buena Vista and Indio Avenue in Yucca Valley at 11:46 a.m. for a report of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the woman had been arguing with James Gagnon, 36; when he began hitting her and pulling her hair, the woman called a friend to come get her. When the friend arrived, the woman and her friend left in a brown Dodge Durango. Gagnon gave chase in his gray Ford Ranger, and fired three shots with a handgun at their Durango, hitting it once. The victims managed to lose Gagnon in the dirt roads and called 911. Yost said Gagnon then parked his truck near a black and red Scion near Paxton and Balsa Avenues and jumped into the Scion. According to Yost, the three people in the Scion knew Gagnon, but they said they told him to get out of their car. Just then, at 11:53 a.m., deputies arrived and ordered everyone out of the Scion at gunpoint. Yost said the gun—which was determined to be stolen—was found inside the Scion car. James Gagnon was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, violating his parole, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. No one was injured during the incident.