After a lengthy investigation, sheriff’s deputies are seeking a 20-year-old man they say assaulted a Green Valley Lake man by leaning from the window of a passing car and pulling him off his bicycle last summer.
On Tuesday deputies issued a press release identifying the suspect as Steven Wayne Barnett, whose community of residence is unknown. Barnett is wanted for assault with a serious injury, and if arrested will be held on $100,000 bail.
According to the release, the unidentified victim was riding his bicycle on Green Valley Lake Road last July 30 when a silver Toyota Camry pulled up alongside.
The passenger leaned from the window, grabbed the victim, pulled him to the side of the car and then onto the pavement. The victim suffered a broken wrist, scrapes and bruises, and his bicycle was destroyed, the release states.
A motorist stopped to render aid, and their joint observations reportedly provided several digits of the assailant’s license place and a good description of the vehicle.
The plate numbers were entered into a computer that stores data compiled by automated license-plate readers in patrol cars throughout San Bernardino County, the release states.
The numbers reportedly matched a car registered in Highland. Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Ells said deputies contacted the registered owner, who said she had been in the mountains the day of the incident and had loaned her car to a friend, whose name was not disclosed.
Asked what relationship Barnett had to the car’s owner, Ells said, “friend.”
Sheriffs’ detectives conducted additional interviews, Ells said, and obtained statements from other witnesses, which helped them identify the suspect as Barnett.
According to court records, on May 2 the district attorney’s office electronically filed felony assault charges against Barnett. The release says an arrest warrant was issued and bail was set.
Ells said authorities know the identity of the Camry’s driver, but that unidentified person is not considered a suspect. He said investigators had turned up a Victorville address for Barnett, but police there checked the address and found he had moved. Deputies do not know where Barnett now lives, he said.
Anyone with information about Barnett’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Craig Harris at the Twin Peaks station, (909) 336-0600.