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Man arrested for attempted murder after trying to run over 3 people with car

August 13, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, August 8 about 10:52 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to an assault with deadly weapon call near H Street and 3rd Street in Needles. During the investigation deputies determined Robert Clarkson (age 31 of Needles) used his vehicle as a weapon, accelerating toward three victims walking through an alley way.

One of the victims was struck by the vehicle driven by Clarkson. The victim suffered minor injuries as a result and received medical treatment at the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles. Clarkson fled the scene in his vehicle and was located shortly after the incident and taken into custody. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto with bail set at $1,000, 000.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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