Juvenile reportedly threatened to jump from overpass
BARSTOW • Authorities responded to a call of a juvenile male who had reportedly threatened to jump from the overpass on Barstow Road on Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred between 6 and 6:30 p.m., according to Barstow Police Lt. Mike Hunter.
“He actually got up on the fence and railing there,” Hunter said. “He was above the southbound (Interstate 15) lane. A few police officers and the family were able to talk him down.”
The ordeal lasted “no more than 20 to 30 minutes,” according to Hunter, who said the boy was later taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for a psychiatric evaluation.
A concerned Las Vegas tour bus driver wrote in an email on Thursday that she had seen the boy at approximately 6:30 p.m. but originally believed he was part of a 9/11 remembrance.
“However, after looking more closely,” she wrote, “I could see a young man standing on the railing up above the freeway over the southbound side of the 15 appearing as someone about to jump off and into oncoming traffic.”
The situation had been handled before California Highway Patrol could shut the freeway down, Barstow CHP spokesman Don Spiker said Thursday.
The Barstow Fire Protection District was also on scene to provide treatment if needed, Assistant Fire Chief Sal Corrao confirmed.
“Ultimately,” Corrao said, “we did not need to treat him.”
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.