BARSTOW — Authorities arrested a convicted felon and a 32-year-old woman in connection to a shooting in the 100 block of Cal Avenue last month.
Barstow police arrested Andrew Eloy Perez and Celeste Jocelyn Begay after detectives learned Thursday that he was at a home in the 200 block of North Third Street. Perez, 23, had been identified as the suspect in the Dec. 20 shooting that left a man in the hospital after he was shot in the hip, Barstow police Capt. Andy Espinoza Jr. said.
The detectives arrived and said Begay refused to cooperate and told them Perez was not at the location. The detectives entered the home and found Perez hiding in an upstairs bedroom and placed him under arrest.
“Detectives searched the residence for the firearm used in the shooting but did not locate it,” Espinoza said.
Begay was arrested on suspicion of harboring or aiding a felony suspect/accessory. Booking records show she also was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
Espinoza said officers responded to Barstow Community Hospital on Dec. 20 and learned a man was shot in the hip.
“The victim reported that prior to the shooting, two people, a male and a female, came to his trailer requesting to use his phone,” Espinoza said. “He denied their request and the two left. Seconds later the shooting occurred. … Evidence technicians processed the shooting scene and obtained additional evidence indicating someone had shot at the trailer striking the victim. Detectives were able to locate and interview witnesses who observed the shooting and positively identified the suspect as Perez.”
During the investigation detectives learned that Perez was a possible suspect in another shooting that occurred on Dec. 17 in the area of Flora and Avenue D. Espinoza said detectives will seek additional attempted murder charges to submit to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for the Dec. 17 shooting.
“The investigation revealed that Perez got into a dispute with a female acquaintance while riding in a vehicle with two other occupants,” Espinoza said. “Perez became upset, exited the vehicle, retrieved a handgun from his person and shot at the vehicle, striking it. No one in the vehicle was injured. Perez then fled on foot. Evidence Tech Sabrina Ellis processed the vehicle and the scene and obtained evidence of the shooting. Further investigation by detectives revealed additional evidence and witnesses who positively identified Perez and the suspect in the second shooting.”
Perez is a convicted felon who was sentenced to serve one year in jail and four years of probation after accepting a plea deal with prosecutors in 2014.
According to previous reports, Perez pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon after he stabbed a Barstow man in February 2014.
Police said Perez stabbed the man in the chest and stomach with a large kitchen knife during a brawl that involved approximately 20 people in a residential neighborhood in the 200 block of West Buena Vista Street.
Perez fled before returning to surrender to police. He later told police he acted in self-defense.
The victim was found with the knife stuck in the left side of his stomach and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton with serious injuries, where he underwent successful surgery and was then placed in the intensive care unit.
Perez was also scheduled to appear in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom Friday morning for arraignment on two counts of misdemeanor battery. Court records show the incident occurred on March 21 and the DA’s office filed criminal charges on Oct. 26.
Perez was being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $1 million bail. Begay was being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga also in lieu of $1 million bail.
Booking records show both Perez and Begay are expected to appear in a Victorville courtroom Monday afternoon if criminally charged by the DA’s office.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800-782-7436 or visit www.wetip.com.
Jose Quintero may be reached at 760-955-5332 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_JoseQ.