BARSTOW Police arrested a 40-year-old Barstow man on Tuesday who is suspected in a carjacking near Barstow High School earlier this month.

According to a Barstow Police report, the victim reported that he had been assaulted by a man identified by police as Erik Kuss and had his truck stolen on the 100 block of West Fredricks Street on the afternoon of Nov. 3. Police arrested Leanne Cremeen, 26, on suspicion of setting up the carjacking but were unable to find Kuss.

Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr. said police received a tip that Kuss was at a residence on the 1000 block of Oasis Drive on Tuesday. When officers arrived at the home around 5:26 p.m., Kuss was found hiding underneath a bed, but did not otherwise resist arrest.

Officers also arrested Johnny Felix, 51, on suspicion of accessory after the fact because he was allegedly hiding Kuss, said Espinoza.

On the morning of the carjacking, the victim said he had gone to help a friend identified as Cremeen. When the victim pulled up to her house and left his truck, Kuss allegedly assaulted him and stole his truck, along with a U-Haul tow dolly that the victim had been towing.

The truck was recovered shortly after the carjacking, said Espinoza.

Cremeen pleaded guilty to charges of attempted robbery on Nov. 17 and was sentenced to 485 days in prison.

Kuss is currently being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $250,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Barstow Superior Court.

Felix remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is also scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

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