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Gang members attack Hesperia man in his bed
Female homeowner also injured in savage assault
HESPERIA • Sheriff's officials have arrested three suspects and are on the lookout for two more accused of breaking into a Hesperia home and savagely bludgeoning and stabbing a man as he lay in bed, sheriff's officials said Thursday.
Five men, armed with baseball bats and knives, entered the home in the 19000 block of Lindsay Street at around 11:46 p.m. Tuesday and rushed into a bedroom, where they began brutally beating and stabbing a male victim. A female homeowner was struck repeatedly with baseball bats as she attempted to dial 911. The suspects then fled from the location, according to Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station.
The male victim was airlifted to a trauma center, with no further details on his condition available. The female was treated for her injuries at the scene.
Through investigative leads, Hesperia deputies identified the suspects as Apple Valley residents Tommy Rhea, Andrew Schroeder, Douglas Kim and Nicholas Griffin — all members of the white supremacist High Desert Peckerwood gang, according to Rose. There was also an unidentified fifth attacker.
Rhea, 22, is a parolee at large and hadn’t been located as of Thursday afternoon. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. He is described as a white male standing at 5 feet, 10 inches and weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Kim, 24, and Griffin, 22, were apprehended in Apple Valley and booked at the Victor Valley jail for assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury and burglary. Both are being held on $100,000 bail.
Schroeder, 22, was found at a hospital suffering from a stab wound sustained while participating in the attack.
All four suspects are documented gang members and face additional charges of conspiracy to commit crime, participate in a criminal street gang and attempted murder.
The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Detective Paul Bader of the Hesperia sheriff’s station at (760) 947-1500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can use the WeTip hotline at (800) 782-2463 or visit www.WeTip.com.
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