HELENDALE – On Friday afternoon deputies from the Victor Valley station made two additional arrested in the stabbing of a Helendale man on Halloween night.
At around 8:12 p.m. deputies responded to the area of Blue Water and Corona in the Silver Lakes area. When they arrived they learned that several young black males were breaking windows and causing other property damage in the area. Two of the victims, a father, and his son attempted to detain the suspects which led to a fight. One of the suspects, Montel Smith, 21, of Silver Lakes, swung a hammer at the victims while the other suspects assaulted the victims with wood sticks.
Eventually, the victims were able to hold Smith down to detain him but while holding him down one of the suspects stabbed the male victim in the back. Smith was taken into custody as all of the other suspects fled the scene. The Sheriff’s Department K-9 “Raider” responded to the scene but was not able to locate the suspects. Smith was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for attempted murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
The victim was airlifted to a trauma center with a collapsed lung, a fractured rib, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheek. The family is asking for the community’s help during this difficult time due to the victim being unable to work as he recovers. A Go Fund Me account has been set up on their behalf to help offset the costs and loss of income during his recovery.
At around 1:19 p.m. on Friday detectives from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station served a search warrant in the 2700 block of Silver Lakes Parkway in Silver Lakes. As a result, a 14-year-old and 16-year-old male, both of Silver lakes were booked into the High Desert Juvenile Hall. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact at Detective Scott Chapdelaine at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.
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