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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: August 4, 2014 

INCIDENT: Possession of Stolen Property 

LOCATION: 27600 Block of Pattee, Highland 

SUSPECT(S): James Michael CORNWELL, age 43 of Highland 
Crystal DANCEL, age 24, of Highland 9/12/1989 

VICTIM(S): Justin Baker 


 In the early morning hours of July 30th, suspects, James Cornwell and Crystal Dancel were involved in a hit and run traffic accident with Cornwells truck at Webster and Sycamore in Highland. Witnesses saw both run from the vehicle after the accident. During the collision investigation it was discovered that Cornwell and Dancel had just burglarized several vehicles in the same neighborhood. Deputies searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them, 

On August 4th, one of the victims drove by a residence on Pattee and saw what looked like his stolen items in the bed of a truck. Deputies responded to the location and attempted to make contact with the resident. When they knocked on the door, a male the deputies recognized as Corwell came out a side garage door, then ran back in and closed it and barricaded himself inside. After a few minutes Cornwell ran from the house, through backyards and over fences. A female that deputies recognized as Dancel was with him. Several residents called and reported their locations to deputies as they were running. They lost sight of them in the 7400 block of Cienega. After a brief search Dancel was located hiding in a trailer nearby. 

The assistance of the Rancho Cucamonga Bloodhound Tracking Unit was requested to locate Cornwell. Deputy Mike Mason and K9 Deja were deployed, utilizing scent tracking to locate Cornwell's trail. A trail was established and followed to the 7400 block of Nye. As the K9 approached a residence, she alerted on a row of bushes. Cornwell was located curled up against the wall between the bushes trying to hide. The dog's alert allowed the deputies to safely take Cornwell into custody. 

Both Cornwell and Dancel were taken into custody and booked for possession of stolen property. The Rancho Cucamonga Bloodhound Unit was highly effective and instrumental in the success of the search and arrest of the suspects. 

Refer: Deputy Rob Quiroz, Deputy Shannon Deasey, Detective Don Patton 

Station: Highland Police Department 

Phone No. 909.425.9793 

Case No. 131403097 

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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