Joshua Tree, CA– At 2:26 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of shots fired at the 8500 block of Weaver Ln in Joshua Tree. Through investigation, deputies learned that the suspect burglar , Maurice Lewis, had parked his vehicle in an isolated area down the road from the victim’s residence. Dressed in women’s clothing, wearing a mask and wielding a samurai sword, Lewis walked a distance of 150 yards from his vehicle, through the desert, to the back yard of a home/property where he set off a motion alarm.
The victim alerted by the alarm and frustrated at being the victim of eight separate, recent thefts at his residence, armed himself with his 12 gauge shotgun and confronted Lewis just outside his front door. The victim ordered Lewis to the ground and Lewis refused to comply. The victim fired a warning shot in Lewis’ direction, and Lewis fled on foot, losing both shoes in the process.
A short time later, deputies contacted Lewis at his nearby residence on Park Blvd with cactus and injuries to his bare feet consistent with running through the desert. Deputies recovered stolen property belonging to the victim in Lewis’s front yard where deputies learned Lewis had been selling stolen property at a “perpetual yard sale.”
Lewis was arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.
Anyone with information related to the 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.
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