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Representative for Assemblyman Knight arrested after standoff
Rebecca Tennison jailed for assault with a deadly weapon
HESPERIA • Assemblyman Steve Knight's Victor Valley field representative was arrested following an hour-long standoff at her Hesperia home, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials.
Rebecca Tennison, 48, is being held at West Valley Detention Center on $50,000 bail for charges of assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory, sheriff’s booking logs show. She was arrested just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 14600 block of Harding Court.
Her husband, Ronald Tennison, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. for two charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possessing explosives and threatening a crime, according to booking records. He’s also being held at West Valley Detention Center on $550,000 bail.
Ronald Tennison had driven to a neighbor’s home on Ranchero Road earlier that evening and began yelling about a barking dog, eventually pointing a gun at the neighbor, according to a statement Wednesday from Sgt. Ken Lutz with the sheriff’s Hesperia station. The neighbor called 911 and deputies were sent to the Tennison’s home.
When deputies arrived, Ronald Tennison slammed the door and refused to come out of the house, sheriff’s officials said. A source with knowledge of the situation said the man suffered brain trauma in an accident five years ago and is on medication.
Rebecca Tennison, knowing her husband has complications from his accident and that there were weapons in the home, was afraid the confrontation would escalate to a gun battle, according to the source. Sheriff’s officials said she came out of the home but refused to come off the porch or cooperate with deputies’ directions, relaying information to her husband through the living room window.
Rebecca Tennison’s stepson, Harry Tennison, 41, arrived at the home and also refused to cooperate, sheriff’s officials said. He was arrested just before 5 p.m. on charges of obstructing a police officer, sheriff’s records show, and he was cited and released by midnight.
After an hour of negotiating with Ronald and Rebecca Tennison, sheriff’s officials said the man exited the home and both the husband and wife were arrested.
Deputies then searched the Harding Court home and found several firearms, a large supply of ammunition and several grenades — at least one with the ability to explode. The sheriff’s Bombs/Arson Detail was called to the home to handle the devices.
Ronald Tennison will be in Victorville Superior Court on Thursday and Friday to address his charges. He has no prior criminal record in this county, according to a search of court records.
Rebecca Tennison is due in court on Thursday to answer to the charges. Court records show she only had minor traffic violations in San Bernardino County prior to this incident.
Friends and colleagues took to VVDailyPress.com Wednesday to express their surprise over the incident and their support for Rebecca Tennison.
“Rebecca is not only a hard working woman who tries to do the best for her family and her community but a kind and loving stepmother, and grandmother who goes out of her way to show compassion for all people,” commentor Sharon Bowers Rajacich posted.
“The Assemblyman and his staff are committed to being there for Rebecca and her family during this difficult situation, and will await her arraignment and any charges that may be filed against her before commenting further,” Knight’s office said in a statement.
Knight, R-Lancaster, currently represents the 36th Assembly District. He is running on the November ballot against Democratic candidate Star Moffatt to become state senator for the 21st District.
Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at BEdwards@VVDailyPress.com.