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Two arrests so far in an attempt burglary – two more to come

October 22, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Tuesday, September 17, at about 2:30 a.m., four suspects attempted to force entry into an occupied residence, in the 73000 block of Sunnyvale Drive. As the suspects attempted to enter the home, they were confronted by a witness. The suspects fled from the location before entering the home.

During the investigation, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Morongo Basin Station learned of a theft from a nearby store shortly after the attempted burglary. Investigators noticed several similarities between both crimes and were able to positively identify Xavier Johnson (age 21 of Twentynine Palms) as one of the four suspects in the attempted burglary case.

A warrant was issued for Johnson's arrest. On Thursday, September 26, detectives located Johnson and he was arrested. Johnson was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for violation of California Penal Code 664/459, attempted burglary. Detectives are actively searching for the other suspects.

In an update, detectives identified Damien Wilkerson (age 18 of Twentynine Palms), as an additional suspect, and an arrest warrant was issued for him. On Thursday, October 17. Deputy Stumbo located Wilkerson near Sunnyslope Drive and Bagley Avenue. Wilkerson was arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for a violation of PC 664/459, attempted burglary.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

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

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