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DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 6, 2023 at 12:09 a.m.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

LOCATION: 6400 Block of Mariposa Avenue, Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): Dennis Morales, 49-year-old male resident of Twentynine Palms
Julian Medina, 20-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms

VICTIM(S): 22-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms
34-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms

SUMMARY: On March 6, 2023, at approximately 12:09 a.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of a man pointing a firearm at another person. As deputies arrived on scene, a pickup truck was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The truck struck a bystander, causing minor injuries. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver failed to yield, leading deputies on a short pursuit, The vehicle drove through a backyard, causing a large amount of damage. After a short foot pursuit, the driver was caught. The driver was identifed as Julian Medina, a 20-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms.

At the incident location, it was found that one of the suspects pointed a high powered, replica air pistol at the victim. The victim defended himself and was able to incapacitate the suspect. The suspect who pointed the air pistol at the victim was identified as Dennis Morales, a 49-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms. Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail on multiple felony charges.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputys N. Hospodar or Deputy N. Bakker of the Morongo Basin Station at (760)-366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com

Refer: Deputy N. Hospodar or Deputy N. Bakker

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 202300409

Sheriff's Public Affairs

Station: Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station

Phone No. 760-366-4175

By Sheriff's Public Affairs

Sheriff's Public Affairs Station: Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station Phone No. 760-366-4175

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