Moss arrested after L.V. crime spree

Three other locals locked up during investigation

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • Authorities last week hunted down a local man accused of a long list of felonies, arresting three other men in the process.

GA Dakota Moss, 18, was arraigned Jan. 23 on seven felony charges: two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of receiving stolen property, one burglary charge and one count of making a criminal threat. He’s also accused of resisting or obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor.

Moss was wanted in connection with an incident that occurred on Dec. 23, when a man came to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Lucerne Valley substation claiming that Moss cut his nose with a knife.

Sometime in the following three weeks, deputies were looking for Moss at a home in the 32000 area of Blake Road. They didn’t find Moss but found suspected stolen property and confiscated it.

On Jan. 19, Moss came to the Blake Road home looking for the stolen property he had stashed there, sheriff’s spokeswoman Pamela Hoffman said. When Moss found that the items had been confiscated, he became angry with a person at the location and made threatening remarks, Hoffman said. He then allegedly threw a propane tank and tools at the victim before fleeing the scene with 26-year-old Robert Charles Kerns.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Jan. 20, deputy Johnnie Mamon was looking for Moss at a home in the 31000 area of Furst Street. Moss had apparently been there but fled out the back door as the deputy arrived.

A stolen motorcycle was found on the property and the resident, 39-year-old Zechariah Romero, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Another man at the residence, 55-year-old Richard Roberto Gutierrez of Lucerne Valley, was found to be in possession of narcotics and was also arrested.

The next night, Jan. 21, a sheriff’s patrol helicopter spotted two men matching the descriptions of Moss and Kerns on a black quad bike in the area of Fairlane Road and Mojave Street, Hoffman said.

Deputy Candelario Sahagun found Kerns riding the quad in the area. Sahagun soon found Moss hiding out at a location nearby, and Moss had suitcases full of items with him.

Later that same night, after Moss and Kerns had been transported to the Victor Valley Jail, Deputy Mamon responded to a report of a burglary in the 8000 area of Fairlane Road. The resident reported that various items and suitcases had been stolen; these turned out to be the very same items Moss had in his possession at the time of his arrest.

When questioned, Moss admitted to the burglary but claimed Kerns was not with him. However, shoeprints matching Kerns’ shoes were found at the scene.

According to Mamon’s report, Kerns claimed that the shoes had previously been worn by his cousin, a juvenile, and that Moss already had the stolen items when he picked him up.

Kerns has been charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and being an accessory to a crime. He faces a potentially harsh sentence if convicted because he has previously served a prison term; he was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in the 2009 attempted armed robbery of a local liquor store.

Moss was booked into the Victor Valley Jail on $200,000 bail. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday at the Victorville courthouse.