Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Police Blotter: Suspects Arrested In Commercial Burglary

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, on Thursday, April 24, 2014, employees from the Highland Walgreens contacted police to report two male suspects stole items from the location. The subjects fled prior to the deputies arrival and were not located.

On Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:20 p.m., Walgreens employees observed the same subjects back in the store and again contacted police. The suspects fled on foot, however deputies located them a short distance from the store. The suspects are identified as Geoffrey Thomas, 59, and Alvin Simmons, 46, both reportedly residents of San Bernardino. Further investigation revealed Thomas and Simmons would take receipts out of the trash can, steal the items on the receipt and return the items for a cash refund.

Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Central Detention Center where they are being held on suspicion of Commercial Burglary (PC 459) and held on $50,000 bail. Anyone with information about this incident may call Deputy Cruz at the Highland Police Station, (909) 425-9793, ref. case #131401630.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Police Blotter: Suspects Arrested in Attempted Rape

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, on Friday, April 18, 2014, at approximately 4:35 PM, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 27400 Block of Villa Lane in response to a domestic disturbance. Investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted and the suspect attempted to force her to perform sexual acts on him. The suspect, Highland resident Austin Rodriguez, 25, fled the scene as deputies arrived and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect's father, Highland resident Agustin Rodriguez, 60, drove to the area, picked up his son and attempted to help him flee the area. Both suspects were later located and arrested in the City of Long Beach and subsequently booked into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

Austin Rodriguez is suspected of assault with the intent to commit rape (PC 220) and Domestic Violence (PC 273.5). He is reportedly on active CDC Parole and is being held without bail. Agustin Rodriguez is suspected of being an Accessory to a Crime (PC 32) and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Anyone with information about this incident may contact Det. Donald Patton at the Highland Sheriff's Station, (909) 425-9793 Ext. 246, ref. case #131401512

Monday, April 25, 2011

Police Blotter: Highland Deputy Arrested For Lewd Acts w/Minor

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, on Friday, April 22, 2011, the Sheriff's Department received information that a deputy may have had inappropriate sexual relations with a female minor. Sheriff's officials notified the Crimes Against Children Detail who immediately began an investigation.

Numerous interviews were conducted and based upon evidence collected, Nathan Gastineau, a 30-year-old resident of Redlands, was arrested later that evening at 9:00 p.m. for PC288 Lewd Acts with a Minor. He was booked into West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $25,000.00.

Nathan Gastineau has been a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for the past 10 years and is assigned to the Highland Station. He is currenly out on bail and on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

This investigation is on-going. No other information will be released to protect the identity of the victim.


Following further investigation, on Monday, April 25th at approximately 9:00 p.m., Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children Detail arrested Jason Anguiano for PC 261.5(a) Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor and PC 12020 (a)(1) Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

Investigators served a search warrant and recovered evidence at Anguiano’s residence in the City of Rialto. Anguiano was arrested without incident, transported and booked into the Central Detention Center; he was later released on bail.

Jason Anguiano is not an employee of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Police Blotter: Highland Man Among Two Arrested In Fatal Weekend Stabbing

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, two men, including one from Highland, have been arrested in the weekend stabbing death of a San Bernardino man.

on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at approximately 11:23 p.m., deputies from Central Station were dispatched to the 7200 block of Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino regarding several 911 emergency calls.

Deputies arrived to find 36-year-old George Briones in the yard of a residence with an apparent stab wound to his upper body. Medical aid responded to the scene and transported Briones to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries about an hour later.

Two male subjects located near the scene, on Tippecanoe near Pacific. During the investigation, detectives discovered evidence linking them to the murder. William Shoopman, age 26 of Highland, and Angel Rosales, age 21 of San Bernardino, were arrested and booked into Central Detention Center for the murder of George Briones. Both are being held without bail.

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are conducting the investigation. An autopsy will be conducted at a later date to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is urged to call Detective William Doemner or Sergeant Brad Toms at (909) 387-3598 at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail reference case #011101404. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We Tip website at

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Police Blotter: Highland Resident Arrested In Recent Armed Robbery Spree

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, a Highland resident has been arrested in a string of armed robberies at numerous fast food restaurants.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2011 at 10:36 a.m., the Subway in Loma Linda was robbed at gunpoint by a black male adult wearing a black hoodie, dark pants and a black bandana covering part of his face. The suspect fled on foot and was not located.

Sheriff’s investigators began discussing this case with investigators from Redlands Police and realized that there were several open robbery cases with a similar suspect description and method of operation in Sheriff’s Department jurisdiction as well as surrounding agencies. A briefing was scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Sheriff’s Central Station and all local law enforcement agencies with similar cases were invited.

On Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. during the scheduled briefing, an armed robbery had just occurred at Wendy’s Restaurant on Baseline Ave. in Highland. The suspect description, a black male adult, wearing a black hoodie, dark pants and a black bandana covering his face, was similar to all the other reports. In this case, a vehicle description was obtained. The vehicle description, a Nissan Cube, green in color, was shared with all local law enforcement agencies.
Investigators from several agencies responded to the location and developed several investigative leads, including surveillance footage, physical evidence and witness statements.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., a Highland patrol deputy saw the suspect vehicle in the area of Baseline Ave. and Victoria Ave. in Highland and made a felony traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Highland resident Nathaniel Dawson, age 45. Dawson was taken into custody without incident.

Two search warrants were served in San Bernardino and Highland and numerous items of evidence were recovered. A handgun, similar to the one used in the robberies was also recovered.
Currently, Dawson is linked to approximately 20 robberies, from Redlands to Ontario.

Dawson was booked at West Valley Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder and Robbery. He is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, April 15, 2011 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Police Blotter: Shooting Suspect Arrested

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department news release, following a shooting on April 2, 2011 at approximately 11:23 p.m. near the 26000 block of Baseline Street in the City of Highland, the suspect was identified as Colton resident Ronald McFoy, age 29. The case was reviewed by the District Attorney's Office and a warrant for McFoy was issued for Attempted Murder.

On April 7, 2011, the Highland Police Gang Team developed information that McFoy was in the City of Rialto. The Highland Police Gang Team, together with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department's Gang Team, located and arrested McFoy. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, April 11, 2011.