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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Monday September 17th, 2018 :: 03:07 p.m. PDT


Deputies arrest Richard Navarrete after he and two 14-year-olds collected money falsely claiming a young boy's death

DATE/TIME: September 17, 2018 / 11:47am

INCIDENT: Theft by False Pretenses

LOCATION: US Highway 395 and Palmdale Road, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Richard Navarrete, 20-year old San Bernardino resident
Confidential, 14-year old male
Confidential, 14-year old male

SUMMARY: On September 17, 2018 Deputy A. Medawar and Deputy F. Demara, from the Victorville Police Department, conducted a pedestrian check on 3 subjects at US Highway 395 and Palmdale Road.

The 3 subjects, identified as Richard Navarrete and two 14-year old males, were holding signs asking for donations. The signs indicated the donations were for the funeral of a young boy, whose photo was attached. Through investigation, deputies discovered the boy was not deceased and was in fact the son of Navarrete’s friend. Each of the subjects had water bottles containing money that had been donated as a result of the fraudulent signs. One victim was located near the scene and interviewed.

Navarrete was arrested and will be booked at High Desert Detention Center for theft by false pretenses. The two juveniles were also arrested and will be booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for theft by false pretenses.

Photographs are being released, as it is believed other victims exist. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Medawar or Deputy Demara, at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (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

Station: Victorville Police Department

Case #: 171810397

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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