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664 / 187(a) PC – Attempted Murder

Post Date:02/05/2018 4:41 PM




(760) 255-5182

(760) 255-2025 (fax)





DATE:                                    February 5, 2018                                                    


OFFENSE:                          664 / 187(a) PC – Attempted Murder

                                                186.22(a) PC – Street Terrorism Act


CR NUMBER:                     18-0508


DATE OF INCIDENT:         February 4, 2018


SUSPECTS:                         George J. Emmons IV, BMA, 30-Year-Old, Barstow Resident


VICTIMS:                              Salvador Lara, HMA, 26-Year-Old, Barstow Resident


CASE AGENT                    Detective Leo Griego



On February 4, 2018, at approximately 10:50 PM, Barstow Community Hospital called the Barstow Police Department to report a stabbing victim at the hospital.  Barstow Police Department officers responded to the hospital and found Salvador Lara suffering from multiple stab wounds to his left arm and upper torso.      


The officers learned that Lara was getting into his vehicle at the Circle K Market, located in the 500 block of Rimrock Road, when a black male adult approached him. Lara reported that the male made statements about people not having respect and then ran up to him and stabbed him several times. Lara provided Barstow Police officers with a description of the male that had stabbed him.


Barstow Community Hospital staff treated Lara and then transported him, by ambulance, to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for further treatment.


Barstow Police Department’s Detective Division assumed the investigation and Detective Leo Griego responded to the scene.  During his investigation, Detective Griego located video evidence showing the incident and corroborating the victim’s statements. 


On February 5, 2018, at approximately 1:21 AM, a male subject named George Emmons and his wife came to the Barstow Police Department requesting to speak to an officer. Emmons stated that he wanted to turn himself in for the stabbing of Lara at the Circle K. Market. Emmons brought the knife he used to stab Lara to the police department and turned it over to Detective Griego. Emmons reported that he was involved in a verbal argument with Lara and that Lara threatened him. Detective Griego’s investigation also revealed that both Lara and Emmons are self-admitted gang members. 


Detective Griego placed George Emmons under arrest and booked him at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail for the listed charges.


Anyone with information about this investigation may contact Detective Leo Griego at 760-255-5187 or the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at 


Chief of Police

Albert S. Ramirez Jr.



Andrew Espinoza

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