On March 19, 2014, at approximately 7:18 p.m., Hesperia
deputies responded to a report of a missing juvenile from a residence in the
11000 block of First Avenue. Upon arrival, Deputy Patrick Rose contacted a
female who said her 7 year old child was missing. The mother told Deputy Rose that
her son's friends saw him get into a vehicle with an older man known as
"Bobby". Deputy Jody Watson
recalled that he had recently contacted and identified a transient living in
his car who matched the suspect description. With that, they were able to identify
the suspect as Robert Gonzalez who was driving a gray Hyundai.
Immediately a "BOLO"(be on the lookout) was sent
to surrounding Sheriff's stations. Additional assets including the Sheriff's
helicopter, station personnel and COPs were mobilized to take part in the
While canvassing the area, Deputy Brendan Motley observed
the suspect vehicle travelling eastbound on Bear Valley and attempted a traffic
stop. The suspect did not immediately yield and instead continued into a
residential area near Bornite. After the vehicle eventually yielded, Deputies
Motley and Watson conducted a felony traffic stop. Inside the vehicle they located the suspect
Robert Gonzalez and the child. The
child, although frightened, appeared to be unharmed.
Detective Mark Smith, was able to reunite the mother with
Robert Gonzalez was arrested and booked at West Valley
Detention Center Victor Valley Jail for PC207 (b), kidnapping and PC273a, child
endangerment, and he is being held on $500,000.00 bail. Additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to
please contact Detective Mark Smith at the Hesperia Station, 760-947-1500.
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
Phone No. (760)947-1549
Case No. 191402118