VICTORVILLE –A tall tale reported to an alarm company and relayed to Sheriff’s dispatchers Sunday morning landed a Victorville man behind bars.
At 3:25 a.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers received the report of a home invasion robbery in progress in the 12400 block of Durango Place in the City of Victorville. The alarm company told dispatchers that the resident reported to them that a Hispanic and a White man with guns were attempting to break into the front door of his home. The alarm company became concerned when they lost contact with the reporting party shortly after the report.
Through an address history search, deputies determined that the residence that they were enroute to had numerous other calls for services which were all unfounded. When deputies arrived they made contact with the resident and investigated the report, it was determined to be a false report. “This was a repeat occurrence with 64-year-old Raul Sandoval at this location and he was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for false report of a crime, ” said Victorville Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez.
Sandoval spent several hours at the High Desert Detention Center before he was cited and released late Sunday morning. Sandoval will be awaiting a court date that has yet to be determined.
Rodriguez said that deputies are pulled away from other calls to respond to these priority calls. “Every time deputies roll code to a call there is a greater potential for an accident to occur,” said Rodriguez. “They do this out of necessity, to be sure they get to high priority calls in the quickest manner possible to save lives.”
Rodriguez went on to explain that these false reports impact not only the deputies, but dispatchers, and those in the community with legitimate needs. “This arrest will hopefully deliver the message to Mr. Sandoval, and anyone else not understanding the impact of such false calls, that this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The safety of the community is our priority and we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure it.”
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