LAS VEGAS • A 26-year-old Las Vegas man suspected of an unprovoked attack on a Newberry Springs man was extradited from Las Vegas on Monday after his arrest earlier this month.
According to a report from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a report of battery near the Newberry Springs Chevron station on National Trails Highway in the early evening hours on Oct. 9.
According to Barstow Sheriff's Detective Darin Lansdown, the suspect — identified as Ryan Gordon — confronted the victim near the gas station and asked him if he knew a man suspected of several scrap metal thefts in the area.
The victim — who told deputies he did not know Gordon — answered that he didn't know the suspected thief and fled because he feared for his safety, according to Lansdown. Gordon eventually caught the victim and beat him multiple times with his fists, leaving him with a broken jaw and several other facial injuries.
The victim was transported to Loma Linda Medical Center and required reconstructive surgery to close his jaw in order to allow it to heal, according to the report.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office issued a warrant for Gordon's arrest after the attack. Detectives from the Barstow Sheriff's Station, High Desert Crime Impact Team and the U.S. Marshals found Gordon living in Las Vegas and arrested him on Nov. 2.
Gordon waived his extradition hearing, and deputies transported him to Barstow on Monday afternoon.
Lansdown said he has been unable to get a statement from the suspect and he has been unable to find a specific reason why the victim was chosen.
There were three other people at the scene who left with Gordon, but Lansdown said he doesn't have information that they participated in the assault, although they did leave in the same car as Gordon. Lansdown said detectives believe that Gordon and the others may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the attack.
Gordon remains in custody at the Barstow Sheriff's Station in lieu of $500,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
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