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Freeway Crimes Prompt More CHP Patrols

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By BVN Staff –

A recent rash of early morning freeway robberies and shootings has prompted the California Highway Patrol to increase patrol of inland area freeways. Affected freeways included I-15, I-10, I-210, SR-91 and SR-60.

In a written statement, CHP Officer Mario Lopez states: “Most of the victims were motorists who were disabled on the right shoulder of the freeway during the early morning hours. They were robbed at gunpoint by three to four male Hispanics wearing hooded sweatshirts.”

Several vehicles are believed to have been used in these freeway attacks. In one instance, the vehicle is described as a white full-size regular cab pickup truck with a utility bed and rack.

Another incident states that a red Honda Accord and a tan Honda or Hyundai sedan is believed to have been driven by the suspects.

According to Officer Lopez, “It is believed the suspects are also responsible for several other violent crimes that occurred around the same time frames to include two freeway shootings and an armed robbery in Mentone and another in the City of Redlands.”

“The California Highway Patrol, Redlands Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are committed to the safety of the public and are working together to apprehend the individuals responsible,” states Officer Lopez. He continues, “The CHP has increased patrols on the affected freeways during the early morning hours.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit at (909) 388-8000. They may also contact the Yucaipa Sheriff's Station at (909) 790-3105 or WE TIP (800-78-CRIME), or the Redlands Police Department Investigations Bureau at (909) 798-7688.

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