The deputy was just being helpful.


Tuesday evening, shortly before 7 p.m., an off-duty San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy witnessed a motorcycle accident. The deputy pulled over his pick-up truck and attempted to render aid to the victim, and identified himself as a peace officer.


While he was talking to the rider, Vincent Sigueros, two of Sigueros' acquaintances, Phillip Saavedra and Zachary Deroo, came up and began interfering with the deputy, and Saavedra began striking the officer, according to the sheriff's department, and then took off with the motorcycle. During the incident, the deputy learned the motorcycle had been stolen several hours earlier from a home on Monterey Street.


While investigating, another of Sigueros' acquaintances, Anthony Vargas, began to interfere and struck the officer several times -- and then jumped into the deputy's Ford F-150 and fled the scene. The pick-up truck was abandoned several blocks away with the windows broken out -- and the officer's firearm taken from the vehicle.


Vargas was located at the 18000 block of Hinton Street and found to be in possession of the stolen firearm.


The stolen motorcycle was located at Saavedra's home on the 16000 block of Rodeo Road.


Deroo and Saavedra were arrested for vehicle theft and assault on a peace officer. Vargas was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, assault on a peace officer and carjacking. All three were booked at Victor Valley Jail. The investigation is ongoing.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Hesperia station at 760-947-1500 or WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star