Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Barstow Men

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Barstow Men

BARSTOW – Two Barstow men who were wanted by police were located and arrested after being stopped for illegally tinted windows on Friday.  

At around 7:46 p.m. the Barstow station officer was on patrol when they noticed the black Dodge SUV in the 1600 block of Sunset Street. A traffic stop was conducted and the officer made contact with the occupants, identifying the driver as Jamal Taylor, 30, and Peter Clayton, 31. Taylor was learned to be an unlicensed driver, who authorities wanted to make contact with due to a suspected weapons violation. It was learned that Taylor, a convicted felon, was in possession of a Ruger .22 caliber rifle in the bedroom of his home in the 700 block of Higgins Road. The firearm was located in Taylor’s bedroom closet, photographed and collected as evidence.

The officer also learned that Clayton had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a domestic violence incident. Both men were arrested, Taylor for being a felon in possession of a firearm and Clayton for a felony warrant for domestic violence.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Matthew Helms at the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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