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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Wednesday June 27th, 2018 :: 10:05 a.m. PDT


Deputies & Aviation (40K2) arrest two theft suspects following a pursuit; one suspect is outstanding

DATE/TIME: June 26, 2018 / 2:14 p.m.

INCIDENT: Obstructing a Public Officer, Shoplifting, Felony Vandalism, Evading a Peace officer

LOCATION: 14300 block of Bear Valley Road, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Gilbert Canales, 42-year old Riverside resident
Christopher Turner, 31-year old San Jacinto resident
Crystal Hughes, 40-year old San Bernardino resident (Outstanding)

On June 26, 2018, Deputies A. Medawar and S. Taylor, from the Victorville Police Department, responded to a business in the 14300 block of Bear Valley Road for a reported shoplifting that had just occurred.

While in route to the location, Sheriff’s dispatch provided information that the male and female suspects, identified as Gilbert Canales and Crystal Hughes, had entered a blue Honda Civic being driven by a third male suspect. Deputies Medawar and Taylor located the Honda and attempted to pull the vehicle over, activating their emergency lights and sirens. The driver, later identified as Christopher Turner, failed to yield and left the parking lot heading south on Amargosa Road. Deputies continued to pursue the suspects in marked patrol units, as Turner entered southbound Interstate-15 at Main Street. After reaching the bottom of the Cajon Pass, Turner turned around on the dirt shoulder and began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway. Sheriff’s Aviation, 40K2, took over the pursuit and were able to safely guide patrol units to a private community in Hesperia, where Turner had driven through a security fence and all three suspects fled the vehicle on foot.

Canales and Turner were located and detained in the backyards of homes in the community. Canales was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for obstructing a public officer and shoplifting. During the pursuit, Turner drove at excessive speeds and failed to stop at multiple stop signs and red lights, as well as driving into on-coming traffic. He was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for felony vandalism and evading a peace officer with disregard for safety.

Deputies were unable to locate Crystal Hughes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hughes is asked to contact Deputy S. Taylor at the Victorville Police Department, (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch, (760) 956-5001. 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

Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer

Station: Victorville Police Department

Case #: 171806976

Phone No. (760) 241-2911

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Rd
Victorville, CA 92392

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Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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