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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Thursday January 17th, 2019 :: 07:32 p.m. PST


Riverside Animal Service Officers report a possible kidnapping & deputies locate/arrest the suspect & victims are safe

DATE/TIME: January 17, 2019/ 2:17 p.m.

INCIDENT: Kidnapping/ Failure to Yield

LOCATION: Bloomington/ Yucca Valley

SUSPECT: Joel Valencia, 24 years old, resident of Bloomington

VICTIM(S): Confidential

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the victim and her two children, (two years old and four months old), received a ride from Joel Valencia. The victim believed Valencia would drive her to her residence in Bloomington, but instead of driving the victim to her residence, Valencia drove eastbound on the I-10 freeway against the victim's will.

On the I-10 freeway east near Cabazon, two Riverside County Animal Service officers noticed a woman waving to them from the vehicle, and appeared to be in distress. The officers called 911 and followed Valencia at a safe distance. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Morongo Basin Station, responded for an area check. Deputies located Valencia's vehicle in the town of Yucca Valley and attempted a traffic stop. Valencia failed to yield to the deputies’ lights and sirens and led deputies on a short pursuit. Valencia stopped his vehicle on Deer Trail, near Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley. Valencia was taken into custody without incident. The victim and her children were unharmed during the incident.

Valencia was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for kidnapping and failure to yield.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Deputy W. Greer

Station: Morongo Basin

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 091900084

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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