VICTORVILLE – On Tuesday afternoon, a visibly shaken woman paced nervously as she waited for deputies to surrounded her home as a result of a vehicle theft investigation involving her ex-boyfriend authorities said.
Just days earlier, deputies were called to the home in the 16600 block of A Street for the report of a vehicle theft. The incident began when Jimmy Newton, 43, a Victorville transient, showed up at the home of his ex-girlfriend unexpectedly. He left eventually, but when leaving, he took her vehicle with him. The woman told deputies that Newton did have a key that he had never returned to her.
On Monday, April 30, 2018, the Silver Honda Civic was located near a homeless encampment off of Mineral Road. Newton was not there at the time of the recovery. The following day, on May 1, 2018, deputies learned that Newton was located in the garage of an apartment near 8th and B Streets. “When deputies arrived, Newton had barricaded himself inside the garage with a Pitbull,” said Victorville Sheriff’s Station Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez. “During negotiations to get Newton to exit the garage, he threatened to release the dog on the deputies. Newton had armed himself with a sword and at one point held a knife to his own throat.”
His girlfriend paced in the area in tears concerned for her dog, who she feared would be shot as deputies approached the home. A neighbor comforted the woman in an alleyway as she recorded the standoff as deputies worked to get Newton to peacefully surrender. The deputies negotiated with Newton for over two hours before he exited the garage and was taken into custody.
Newton, a convicted felon was arrested for vehicle theft and violation of probation. He is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Thursday afternoon.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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