Man and Woman Arrested After Trying to Settle Hesperia Debt –

HESPERIA, CA ( — A man and a woman were arrested after trying to settle a debt that ended in a fight and a shooting in Hesperia.

On September 24, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Hesperia Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 14700 block of Eucalyptus Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at a residence.

Deputies contacted three victims, who said they had mutually agreed to meet the two suspects, identified as 31 years old Cody Johnson and 31 years old Vanessa Alvarez, both residents of Hesperia, to settle a loan debt.

Upon arriving at the scene of the incident, a fight between the victims and suspects ensues outside the residence.

According to a sheriff’s press release, “Johnston produced a firearm, physically assaulted the three victims, then carelessly discharged the firearm at the victims, who fled the area.”

On Monday, September 26, 2022, a search warrant was served on the suspect’s home. During the search warrant, deputies seized illegal narcotics and firearms, one of which was believed to be the firearm used in the assault.

Both Johnston and Alvarez were arrested without incident and taken to the High Desert Detention Center for Child Endangerment. Johnston was also booked for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Additional narcotics possession charges will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for review. A 5-year-old child in the care of Johnston and Alverez has been removed from the home and placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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