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Gangster holds victim for hours for allegedly cheating with girlfriend

Attacker was AB 109 probationer

HESPERIA • A Victorville gang member and participant in California's prison Realignment Plan is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to answer to charges he held an 18-year-old man against his will, beat him, made him strip and allegedly injected the victim with drugs because the attacker believed the victim was having a relationship with the gangster's girlfriend, officials said.

Christian Rodriguez, 27, who was previously arrested for false imprisonment, was arrested on Friday for false imprisonment, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and participation in a criminal street gang, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s booking records.

Rodriguez allegedly held the victim for three hours as the self-admitted Chino Sinners member punched the victim and reportedly injected meth into the 18-year-old’s arm against the victim’s will, Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said. At one point during the ordeal, Rodriguez threatened the victim with a shank and told the victim to strip down to his underwear, officials said.

Rodriguez searched the victim’s clothing for evidence of an alleged affair the victim had been having with Rodriguez’s girlfriend, officials stated.

After three hours, Rodriguez let the victim go but threatened to kill the 18-year-old’s family if he reported the incident.

Authorities were tipped off to the attack and were able to locate Rodriguez in the 17400 block of Sequoia Street.

Rodriguez fled on foot for a short distance but eventually stopped and was taken into custody. Deputies learned Rodriguez was on probation supervision through Assembly Bill 109 for a previous false imprisonment conviction last year.

As part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve out shortened sentences in county jails and placed some parolees on local supervision through county Probation as California complies with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population by 30,000.

Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.


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