HESPERIA – The male suspect who attacked three Victorville city employees died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at around 11:43 p.m. deputies from the Hesperia and Victorville stations responded to the area of Bear Valley Road and Fifth Avenue reference the report of an assault. When they arrived they learned that three city public works employees were painting lines on the road, when out of nowhere, Jose Dolores Ruvalcaba, a 45-year-old Hesperia area transient, approached them. Ruvalcaba assaulted the men, then chased them with an unknown object in his hand while verbally threatening to kill them. The workers had no reason to doubt Ruvalcaba’s threats and believed that he was armed. Ruvalcaba then attempted to steal their truck. Fearing for their safety one of the men struck Ruvalcaba one time with a shovel. Ruvalcaba was injured and transported to the hospital where he died on Tuesday, August 13, 2018.
Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division are conducting the investigation. Upon completion, the report will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review. Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Detective James Tebbetts of the Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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