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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: July 28, 2014             7:30 p.m.


INCIDENT: Attempting Carjacking / Assault with Serious Injuries


LOCATION: 6900 block of Elm St., Highland


SUSPECT: Nhieu Phung, 42, Resident of Highland


On Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Highland Station, responded to a reported assault in the area of Sterling Ave and Baseline St, in the City of Highland.


Investigation showed that the victim, a real estate investor, went to a residence in the 6900 block of Elm St on the evening of July 28, 2014.  The residence is listed for sale and the victim believed the home to be vacant.  As the victim walked around the home, he was confronted by Phung who demanded the victim's car keys.  When the victim refused, Phung assaulted the victim, punching him in the face repeatedly.  The victim was able to get away from Phung and flee the scene in his vehicle.  The victim sustained serious facial injuries during the assault.


During their investigation, deputies went to the crime scene and found evidence indicating that the suspect was possibly inside the vacant home.  Deputies made entry and found Phung hiding in a hall closet.  Evidence found at the scene indicated that Phung was possibly squatting at the residence.  Phung was arrested on charges of attempted carjacking and assault with serious injuries.  He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center.


At the time of his arrest, Phung was found to be on supervised probation as a result of California Assembly Bill 109.


As part of Governor Jerry Brown's Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population by 30,000; offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through county Probation.


Refer:             Sgt. James Porter


Station:          Highland Station


Phone No.     909 425-9793


Case No.       131403081


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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