BARSTOW • A man arrested for investigation of grand theft auto is believed to also be the shooter in an earlier drive-by shooting at a bus stop on Armory Road that left one woman injured, according to police.
Antonio Mosby, 26, was arrested Monday in Barstow after police saw him driving a Ford Taurus sedan that matched the description of the vehicle used in the Feb. 11 attack, according to a police news release.
Mosby, from Rialto, was spotted in the area of Mountain View Avenue and Muriel Drive at approximately 10:20 p.m. Police said they attempted a traffic stop, but Mosby drove away to the area of Carson Street and Lillian Drive, where he got out and ran to the backyard of a nearby residence.
Police said they found him hiding in an empty swimming pool in the backyard of a Lillian Drive residence.
Police said officers learned he had taken the car without permission from an acquaintance. They arrested him and booked him at the San Bernardino County Department Barstow Jail before he was taken to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the news release.
Two days later, a follow-up investigation by Barstow Police detectives identified Mosby as the suspect who shot a 22-year-old woman in the lower back Feb. 11 from inside a faded gold Ford Taurus while she waited for the bus on the 900 block of Armory Road.
He was booked and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and street gang terrorism in connection with the shooting, according to booking records.
The follow-up investigation also resulted in the identification of the driver and other occupants of the vehicle in the drive-by shooting, police said.
Before she was shot, the victim's boyfriend had argued with the occupants of the gold Taurus, according to previous reports.
The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but is believed to be gang-related, police said.
Mosby is a known member of a criminal street gang in Rialto, according to police.
He is currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to booking records. He is next scheduled to appear at Barstow Superior Court on Monday, booking records show.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact the WE Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.