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SBSD - Central
Sunday June 14th, 2020 :: 04:07 p.m. PDT


Joshua Lewis Blackwell-Tallent is arrested for drugging & raping a minor; deputies believe there may be additional victims

DATE/TIME: June 12, 2020 / 3:17 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 261(a)(3) Rape while Drugged
PC 236 False Imprisonment
PC 288.3(a) Arrange Meet with Minor For Sex

LOCATION: 24000 Block of University Avenue, Loma Linda

SUSPECT(S): Joshua Lewis Blackwell-Tallent, age 31 a resident of Loma Linda

VICTIM(S): Confidential - Missing Female Juvenile

SUMMARY: On June 12, 2020, Loma Linda deputies began an investigation regarding the welfare of a reported runaway juvenile who they believed was being held against her will. Deputies received information that the juvenile may be at a Hotel in the 24000 block of University Avenue in Loma Linda.

Deputies contacted the suspect Joshua Blackwell-Tallent at the hotel and also located the victim inside the room. Deputies obtained evidence that Blackwell-Tallent groomed the juvenile via the internet and arranged for her to be transported to the location. Once at the location Blackwell-Tallent held the victim against her will, and drugged and raped her.

Joshua Blackwell-Tallent was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for the above charges.

Deputies believe there may be additional victims that have not yet been identified. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Central Station (909) 387-3545. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or the website at

Refer:​Deputy B. Ortiz

Station:​Central Station Detective Division

Phone No.​909-387-3545

Case No.​152001043

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department​

SBSD - Central
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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

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