Victorville assaults: Hesperia man carrying Pennywise clown masks arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, theft


VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) — A person was arrested Tuesday in Victorville on suspicion of sexual battery and theft after he allegedly attacked two girls whereas he wore a clown masks, authorities say.

Joel Hernandez, a 22-year-old Hesperia resident, is accused of sexually assaulting and groping a lady outdoors a grocery retailer, after which stealing $500 from one other lady. Authorities say he dedicated the crimes whereas carrying a clown masks.

The masks resembled that of Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It,” a photograph launched by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division exhibits.

In keeping with a information launch, deputies responded to an Arrowhead Credit score Union on Amargosa Highway in response to a theft that occurred within the parking zone close to an ATM machine.

A girl advised deputies she was robbed by a person who had on a white clown masks and a crimson sweatshirt. A person matching the suspect description was seen strolling within the space and he was detained with out incident, authorities say.

Deputies say they recovered proof from the theft inside suspect’s backpack, together with $500 in money stolen from the sufferer.

Sheriff’s officers say their investigation related the suspect, recognized as Hernandez, to a separate crime that occurred minutes earlier than the theft.

One other lady reported she was sexually assaulted and groped by a person who wore a white clown masks and a crimson sweatshirt within the parking zone of the El Tremendous Market retailer.

Each victims recognized Hernandez as the person who attacked them.

Hernandez was arrested for theft and sexual battery and was booked into the Excessive Desert Detention Middle for each prices. Bail was set at $200,000.

Authorities launched a photograph of Hernandez as they search extra attainable victims.

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