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SBSD - Barstow Sheriff's Department
Monday December 18th, 2017 :: 04:29 p.m. PST


Jeffrey Daniels of Lenwood is arrested for attempted murder

DATE/TIME: December 17, 2017 / 9:33 P.M.

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder

LOCATION: 34000 Block of Birch Road, of Lenwood

SUSPECT: Daniels, Jeffrey; 42 years old, of Lenwood

VICTIM: Mead, Joshua; 27 years old, of Lenwood
Mead, Rachelle; 48 years old, of Lenwood
Burdett, Steven; 22 years old, of Lenwood

On December 17, 2017, at approximately 9:33 pm, deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 34000 block of Birch Road in Lenwood for a report of a subject who had been hit with an axe.

Two victims, Rachelle and Joshua Mead, were found on the property suffering from head wounds. The victims identified the suspect to be Jeffrey Daniels and advised he had struck them with an axe after an argument regarding his illegal drug use. An additional victim, Steven Burdett, disarmed Daniels and stopped him from continuing to hit the victims with the axe. Daniels retrieved a metal pipe from outside and re-entered the residence to continue striking the victims with the metal pipe. Burdett again attempted to stop Daniels and suffered several injuries to his wrist and hand in the process.

As deputies arrived on scene, Daniels fled from the location on foot with the axe in his hand. Deputies chased Daniels for approximately one mile before he was taken into custody. The axe was not located on his person at the time he was detained. Deputy J. Moyer responded to the location with his K9, Ellie, to assist in locating it. Deputy Moyer and Ellie were able to track the route Daniels ran and found the bloodied axe nearby in a dirt field.

All three victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Daniels was booked into High Desert Detention Center for attempted murder. His bail is set at $1,000,000.00. Daniels is currently on parole for recent weapons violations.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff’s Station at (760)256-4838. 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 website at

Refer: Sgt D. Gilmore
Station: Barstow Sheriff’s Station
Phone Number: (760)256-4838
Case Number: 081701833

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Barstow Sheriff's Department
225 E Mountain View St
Barstow, CA 92311

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