Barstow’s K-9 unit assists with early Saturday arrest

2013-01-28 18:37:04

BARSTOW• A Barstow Police K-9 assisted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s gang unit early Saturday morning with the apprehension of a Hesperia man suspected of kidnapping and other crimes.

On Friday night, at approximately 11:02 p.m., Barstow police received a call from the Sheriff’s High Desert Regional Gang Enforcement Team of a suspect lost in the desert during a foot pursuit, and believed to be armed, Lt. Mike Hunter said.

“We had several subjects on scene assisting to locate the subject,” Hunter said.

Robert Whitnack, 29, was near Agarita Avenue and Juniper Street, south of Armory Road, when police received the call. He fled west to Windy Pass and Dolomite Street where he was located by Sheriff deputies, Hunter said.

When Whitnack wouldn’t show his hands to deputies, the Barstow Police Department K-9 Unit was deployed and was able to apprehend him. He suffered minor injuries to his left arm area, Hunter said.

Deputies later recovered a shotgun within the vicinity, Hunter said.

Whitnack was arrested by the gang unit and was charged with first-degree robbery and possession of needles or syringes, arrest records showed. He also had warrants for kidnapping and assault with a firearm on a person, according to arrest records.

A Sheriff’s spokesperson could not provide immediate details on the charges, though court records showed the robbery charges originated from an incident out of the Victorville area.

Whitnack was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to arrest records. He is due to appear in court in Victorville for the first-degree robbery charge Tuesday, according to court records.

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