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Penal Code 245(a) (2) - Assault with a Deadly

Post Date:06/07/2017 5:23 PM




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DATE:                                    June 7, 2017                                                


OFFENSE:                            Penal Code 245(a) (2) - Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Firearm)
                                           Penal Code 182(a) (1) - Criminal Conspiracy
                                                Penal Code 422 - Criminal Threats

CR NUMBER:                      17-2277


DATE OF INCIDENT:        June 6, 2017

JoshuaMorton          KyleRayAxe
Joshua Morton                                                            Kyle Ray Axe

SUSPECTS:                        Joshua Morton, WMA, 30-Year-Old, Barstow Resident

                                           Kyle Ray Axe, WMA, 31-Year-Old, Barstow Resident


CASE AGENT:                   Officer Ronan Colleoc





On Tuesday June 6, 2017, at approximately 7:56 P.M., officers were dispatched to the area of Del Mar Avenue and Young Street regarding an assault, which just occurred. The victim reported that he was at the AM/PM gas station in the 100 block of Montara Road when two males approached his vehicle. One of the males displayed a silver handgun and pointed it at him while the second male told him to leave town. One of the males claimed that they believed the Victim was a sexual predator from Las Vegas who was attempting to lure local children into his vehicle.


The victim told officers that the allegation is based on a Facebook post that had been made about him when he arrived in town. The allegation had been investigated by the police department prior to this contact, and was found to be unsubstantiated.  


After the assault, the victim followed the males, while contacting the police. The victim was able to tell officers that the males went into a residence in the 300 Block of Del Mar Avenue. Officers made contact with the occupants, identified as Joshua Morton and Kyle Axe. The victim positively identified Axe and Morton as the suspects who pointed a gun at him and threatened his life.  


Officers conducted a search of Morton and Axe’s residence and located a loaded silver handgun and a rifle. The victim identified the handgun as the firearm used in the assault.


Officers placed Morton and Axe under arrest and transported them to the Barstow Police Department for further questioning.


Morton and Axe were  subsequently booked at the San Bernardino County Jail in Barstow for Penal Code 245(a)(2)- Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Penal Code 182(a)(1)- Criminal Conspiracy and Penal Code 422- Criminal Threats.


Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Colleoc at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at      


Albert S. Ramirez Jr.                                        

Chief of Police



Jarell K. Gilmore  

Police Sergeant

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