VICTORVILLE — Prosecutors have charged the two suspects who shot at California Highway Patrol officers during a pursuit last week that led to a manhunt and a closure of Interstate 15 for several hours.
Sean Derek Winter, 33, and Samantha Regina Ross-Blume, 22, were expected to be arraigned in a Victorville courtroom after the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office charged them with 10 felonies.
Both were charged with two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, evading a peace officer with disregard for public safety, two counts of assault with a machine gun on a peace officer, first-degree burglary, grand theft of a firearm and assault with a firearm, court records show.
The pursuit began in the early hours of Jan. 6 when an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Impala for speeding on I-15 near Halloran Springs Road. The suspects fired at the pursuing officers, who were not injured.
The pursuit came to an end near Halloran Summit Road and the vehicle was found disabled on I-15, resulting in a standoff with officers. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department’s SWAT team assisted and found the Impala was abandoned, resulting in authorities searching the surrounding areas for hours and shutting down I-15 for several hours.
Authorities then called off the search and just before midnight received a call of a man and woman, fitting the description of the wanted suspects, trespassing on Cima Road.
Numerous officers responded and coordinated a containment area. The SWAT team again assisted and began searching for the suspects.
As deputies approached what appeared to be an unoccupied vehicle, Winter and Ross-Blume were found sleeping in a vehicle on Xeno Road, roughly 13 miles north of Halloran Springs Road, and authorities made a PA announcement to wake them up.
Authorities say Winter awoke and began to reach for an object inside the vehicle but quickly put the object back down, then exited the vehicle and surrendered peacefully a little after 7 a.m.
Winter was being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto ineligible for bail. Ross-Blume was being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and is also ineligible for bail.
Jose Quintero may be reached at 760-955-5332 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_JoseQ.