VICTORVILLE – A Victorville man with an extensive criminal history was arrested for shooting at a vehicle occupied by a mother and her two children authorities said.
The female victim called 911 on Sunday, April 8, 2018, just after midnight to report the incident that occurred as she was driving with her children near Ferndale Road and Mojave Drive. The victim described the suspect vehicle as a red Honda and the driver as a Hispanic male.
As deputies responded to the area, they located a vehicle with a matching description.They attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver continued to drive. After running the license plate number during the approximately 2.5 mile pursuit, deputies learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The driver fired several rounds at deputies from his window as he continued to flee. Eventually, on Palmdale Road, near El Evado Road, the driver identified as Louis Ruiz, 34, crashed in the desert area disabling the vehicle. He exited the vehicle and ran, fleeing toward an apartment complex. After a brief foot pursuit, a deputy caught Ruiz. Ruiz began fighting the deputies attempting to break free.
“Deputies used necessary force to place Ruiz in handcuffs, all the while believing he was armed with a gun,” Victorville Sheriff’s Station officials said. “Deputies searched the stolen vehicle and nearby area and found a loaded 9mm handgun and the magazine over half full. They located additional evidence of rounds being fired inside the vehicle.”
Through a record check, deputies were able to determine that Ruiz was a convicted felon with an extensive history and gang affiliations. Ruiz was arrested for attempted murder, evading arrest, the possession of a stolen vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. Ruiz is expected to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 10, 2018..
Anyone who may have been a victim, witness, or has more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Victorville Sheriff’s Station – Detective Division at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline atwww.wetip.com.For late-breaking news, follow 24/7 Headline News on our Los Angeles County Facebook group, Riverside County Facebook group, Coachella Valley News group, US News group, Victor Valley/Inland Empire Facebook group. If you like what we are doing and want regular updates on your facebook stream like our Facebook Fan Page. You may also follow 24/7 Headline News on Twitter and Instagram!
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