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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



DATE/TIME:  April 1, 2014/10:58 p.m.

 

INCIDENT:     Obstructing and Delaying an Officer/False Report of Crime

 

LOCATION:   17000 Block Bear Valley Road

 

SUSPECTS:    Drue Joseph Mendoza  age19; Ashraf Wagdy Drieas age 18; Luis Estevan Garcia age 19 all residents of Victorville

 

VICTIM:        Withheld



Summary

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 of crime.  

All three face additional charges including abuse of 911 and civil penalties related to costs involved in this case.

 

 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



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700



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