On April 1, 2014 at
approximately 10:58 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a
carjacking from the In n Out on Bear Valley Road. Deputies from the Hesperia Police Department
arrived on scene and made contact with the four involved victims in the parking
lot. The victims reported that a suspect had punched one of them and taken his
vehicle, fleeing eastbound on Bear Valley Road. The vehicle and suspect
descriptions were bolo’d to surrounding sheriff’s stations. Additional
resources, including deputies from the Victor Valley and Victorville City Stations
and the Sheriff’s helicopter, were mobilized to assist in the search.
In the course of his
investigation, Deputy Brendan Motley determined that no crime had actually
occurred. Three of the alleged victims conspired
to play an April fool’s joke on their friend and staged a carjacking. The
friend called 911 and reported the crime. The friends continued to entertain
the false report even as 12 patrol units and sheriff’s helicopter canvassed the
area searching for the suspect. As a result of this prank, legitimate calls for
service were delayed.
Ashraf Drieas , Luis Garcia
and Drue Mendoza were all arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center
for PC148(a)(1), delaying or obstructing an officer and PC148.5, false report
All three face additional
charges including abuse of 911 and civil penalties related to costs involved in
This is an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s
Department to protect the communities it serves.
Citizens are encouraged to
contact the Sheriff's Department or WE-TIP(1-800-87-CRIME, www.wetip.com) to
report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.
Refer: Susan Rose, Public Information Officer
Station: Hesperia Police Department
Phone No. 760 947-1500
Case No. 191402465