Hesperia Man Beats Himself Up then Fabricates Racially- Motivated Beating

Hesperia Man Beats Himself Up then Fabricates Racially- Motivated Beating

JOHNSON VALLEY, Ca. – Authorities said that a 25-year-old Hesperia man injured himself and damaged his own vehicle so he could mislead them into believing two black men attacked him. 


On June 2, 2020, at 10:47 p.m., deputies from the Victorville Station responded to Victor Valley Global Medical Center for the report of a patient who had been assaulted. Daniel Jeffery Davis told deputies that earlier that evening he was driving near Old Woman Springs Road, in Johnson Valley when his vehicle was boxed in by two vehicles, forcing him off the highway. He said two black men, both wearing masks approached him. While yelling racial slurs, the two vandalized his vehicle and slashed his face and body with razor blade knives. He did not say how he got away, but he drove home to Hesperia where he reported the assault before heading to the hospital. 


While at the hospital he was treated for lacerations to his face and his body. The following day, on June 3, 2020, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station followed up on the investigation and learned the allegations were false and the entire incident was made up. “Davis had concocted the entire incident for personal reasons, damaging his own vehicle, and caused the injuries upon his own person,” Sheriff’s officials said.


The case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for filing of charges. An arrest warrant was issued for the false report and hate crime. On June 5, 2020, detectives from the Morongo Basin Station arrested Davis in Joshua Tree for his active warrant. Davis was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective A. Halloway of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to stay anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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