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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Tuesday October 11th, 2016 :: 10:12 a.m. PDT


Man suffers electrical shock/severe burns while attempting to cut wiring from transformer

DATE/TIME: October 11, 2016 / 2:41AM

INCIDENT: Vandalism

LOCATION: 15272 Bear Valley Road

SUSPECT: Eric Hester, 33-year-old Hesperia resident

At 2:41 a.m. on October 11, 2016, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from a Southern California Edison employee regarding a man down at the old Wal-Mart location on Bear Valley Road.

According to the reporting party, at approximately 1:00 a.m. he received notification that a transformer at the Bear Valley Rd. location had been completely shut down. He reported to the location and found the suspect lying near the transformer. The suspect was breathing and appeared to be in severe pain, suffering burns to over half of his body. Evidence at the scene indicated that the suspect had broken into the transformer case in an attempt to steal wiring. When the suspect began cutting the wires he received an electrical shock, causing the severe burns.

The damage to the transformer caused a major power outage to a very large portion of the community. Southern California Edison is working on repairing the transformer and restoring power.

The suspect was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to be treated and his condition is not known at this time. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. 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 #: 171612267

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

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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