VICTORVILLE – A convicted felon from Phelan was arrested for possession of a firearm and leading deputies on a dangerous pursuit.
On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at around 5:32 p.m. a Walmart loss prevention officer located at the Walmart at 11896 Amargosa road in the City of Victorville reported that a suspect was caught shoplifting at the store. He reported that the suspect, who had his hands in his pocket, threatened to harm the store employee with a gun if he did not allow him to leave. In fear for his safety, the loss prevention officer allowed the suspect to leave. The suspect was witnessed leaving in a 2005 Hyundai Accent.
The first responding deputy noticed a Hyundai, which matched the suspect vehicle description as it was leaving the parking lot and heading west on Bear Valley Road. the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect failed to yield, leading the deputy and other assisting deputies on a pursuit.”The suspect ran several stop signs before driving into the desert near Cobalt and Powerline Road,” said Victorville Sheriff’s Station Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez. “He continued through the desert for a short distance before getting his vehicle stuck.” The suspect, later identified as Cory David Bowman, 33, of Phelan, exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Deputies were able to catch and detain the suspect.
“Deputies recovered a handgun along the pursuit route, and believe it is the handgun the suspect used to threaten the victim,” added Rodriguez. “A records check revealed the gun was reported stolen in San Bernardino.” Bowman was learned to be a convicted felon and was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Evading a Peace Officer with Disregard for Safety. The case was sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of further charges.
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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