A Yucca Valley woman who attempted to drive with an infant who was not in a car seat was arrested Friday, accused of child endangerment. Deputies were called to the 7600 block of Borrego Trail in Yucca Valley about 4:15 p.m. where they contacted Yvonna Ausman, 29. Ausman had a 3-month old baby and had been planning on driving with the baby in a diaper bag instead of in a car seat. Deputies arrived before she was able to leave. The baby was unharmed but was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution. Yvonna Ausman was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $100,000.
A Morongo Valley man was arrested Saturday, after he threatened a store clerk with a knife. Deputies were called to a gas station convenience store in the 49500 block of 29 Palms Highway in Morongo Valley about 6:15 p.m. Saturday. The clerk said he had asked the man, later identified as Donald Rather, 64, to leave the store and had approached him to make sure he left. As he did so, Rather pulled out a steak knife, gestured with it toward the clerk, and said he was going to stab the clerk, before leaving the store. Deputies located Rather nearby, as well as the knife. Donald Rather was arrested for investigation of making criminal threats, and brandishing a weapon, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $75,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, after he threatened a woman. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 7400 block of Saladin Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1 p.m. Saturday because the victim said Michael Bylund, 56, had chased her out of the house and then locked her out. She said he also pushed her and threatened to kill her. She ran behind her neighbor’s house and called 911. When deputies arrived they saw Bylund loading up his truck with the victim’s computer, printer, and other belongings. Bylund ran in to the house and then out the rear door. When he saw deputies in the back yard, he ran back into the house, but deputies were able to take him in to custody. Michael Bylund was arrested for investigation of elder abuse, grand theft, making criminal threats, and domestic battery, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $75,000.
Two men were arrested Thursday, accused of attempting to burglarize a home in Morongo Valley. A neighbor called deputies to the 49500 block of Rosella Drive and gave a description of two men and their Nissan pick-up truck who were trying to break into a house. The suspects fled before deputies arrived, but the deputy spotted the truck and made a traffic stop. The men’s description matched the one given by the witness. Inside the truck were Eric Pennington, 31, of Highland, and Rusty Kelly, 30, of Yucca Valley. The witness positively identified the suspects as the same ones seen at the location. Eric Pennington was arrested for investigation of attempted burglary and for a warrant, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $25,000. Rusty Kelly was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and attempted burglary, and released on $25,000 bail.
We have limited information about two people who were arrested Thursday in separate incidents, accused of spouse abuse. Deputies were called to the 61800 block of Alta Vista Drive in Joshua Tree abut 2:30 a.m. Thursday. After an investigation, Andrew Perez-Villela, 31, was arrested on suspicion of spouse abuse. Andrew Perez-Villela was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.
Also Thursday, deputies went to the 6400 block of El Dorado in Yucca Valley about 7:30 p.m. where they contacted Antonio Raya, 42. After an investigation, Antonio Raya was arrested on suspicion of spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.