LAKE ARROWHEAD – A 24-year-old Apple Valley man who was previously convicted of domestic violence was arrested on Friday for possession of firearms and criminal threats authorities said.
On Friday, May 26, 2017, at around 12:30 p.m., a report was made by a 20-year-old woman who is the ex-girlfriend of the suspect. The suspect identified as Joseph Williams according to Sheriff’s officials sent some concerning text and photo messages to the woman. “The text messages were direct threats to kill her, harm her family, and conduct a “massacre” at the Lake Arrowhead Village where she worked,” Sheriff’s officials said in the news release. “Williams included pictures of an AR style rifle and a revolver to show he had the means to carry out his threats. Williams also claimed to have thousands of rounds of ammunition.”
Williams per his felony probation terms following the domestic violence conviction was ordered to not possess firearms. Deputies arrived at Lake Arrowhead Village located at 28200 Lake Edge Road in Lake Arrowhead to ensure public safety, including that of the victim due to the threat of a massacre. Williams was arrested as he returned to his home in the Pioneer Trailer Park located at 13982 Pioneer Road in the town of Apple Valley.
In his home deputies located an AR style .22 caliber rifle, a .357 revolver, and ammunition for both. Also located in the home was a Honey Oil lab. Williams was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for criminal threats, criminal threats, and a probation violation. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the San Bernardino Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.
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