Hesperia Man Released From Jail Days Prior to Rearrest for Kidnapping

HESPERIA – A 27-year-old Hesperia man was arrested for the kidnapping and abuse of his girlfriend authorities said.

At around 1:19 p.m. On Sunday, September 18, 2016, Hesperia station deputies responded to the residence in the City of Hesperia. The victim told dispatchers about the abuse and that the suspect, later identified as Jonathan Matthew Causey, was in front of her home not allowing her to leave.

Upon arrival, Causey was gone, but deputies made contact with the suspect’s girlfriend, who had visible injuries from an assault. The victim told authorities that the assault occurred the day before. “At one point the suspect reportedly forced the victim into her vehicle and drove to a remote location where he continued to assault and threaten her,” Sheriff officials said, in the Tuesday evening news release.

Deputies did an area search but were not immediately able to locate Causey. The search continued with the help of the Hesperia Gang Team and at approximately 11:00 p.m. he was located at a home in the 11300 block of 3rd Avenue in the City of Hesperia. When contact was made with Causey a stolen handgun was located.

Causey was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for kidnapping, false imprisonment, corporal injury of spouse or cohabitant, terrorist threats, and a probation violation.  He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

According to court records, Causey was previously arrested on July 22, 2016, for assault, criminal threats, and brandishing a firearm. Causey accepted a plea bargain, pleading guilty on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, to a single felony count of assault by means of force likely to produce bodily injury.  He was sentenced to 96 days in county jail and was released with 48 days of time served and 3 years supervised probation.


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