A 22-year-old man accused of robbing a woman and sexually assaulting another in two separate incidents in the same night while wearing a clown mask was arrested in Victorville, police said.
Joel Hernandez, a Hesperia resident, was arrested in the 12700 block of Amargosa Road in Victorville on Tuesday.
A 54-year-old woman said she was getting money from the Arrowhead Credit Union ATM at 5:14 p.m. when a person wearing a white clown mask and red sweatshirt robbed her of $500.
Police responded and quickly found a man matching the description she provided, and they found evidence in his backpack along with the cash, police said.
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Deputies were then directed to a 911 call that came in moments before the robbery. A 50-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted and groped by a man wearing a clown mask in the parking lot of El Super Market. She was able to identify Hernandez.
He was arrested and held on $200,000 bail at High Desert Detention Center.
Police were asking any other possible victims to contact the department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call 1-800-78CRIME (27463).