APPLE VALLEY, CA. – An Apple Valley area deputy was bitten by a suspect while attempting to detain him on Tuesday.
Authorities said that on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at around 2:11 p.m. a deputy was flagged down by people at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center. The deputy stopped and made contact with the people who told him that a man was in the pool area and was attempting to inappropriately touch children. The deputy spoke with other adults in the area and they identified Steven Basulto, 28, of Hesperia as the suspect.
The deputy then attempted to make contact with Basulto, who began to act erratically and refused to answer any of the deputy’s questions. The deputy attempted to detain him, but he became physically combative, biting the deputy’s hand. The deputy sustained an injury to his finger as a result of the bite. Additional deputies responded and were able to safely detain Basulto without further incident. Deputy Loup was transported to the hospital to be treated for his injury.
Basulto was charged in October 2014, for intent to harass or annoy 911 emergency line. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were eventually dropped. He is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center for Annoying or Molesting children and resisting arrest. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Deputy Tyler McGee at (760)240-7400.
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