TYPE OF EVENT: Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION: 100 S. Holly Canyon Dr.
CHARGES: (PC) 245(a)(1)-Assault with a deadly weapon/ (PC) 212.5-Robbery/ (PC) 591.5-Prevent person from using wireless device
SUSPECTS: John Buckholz, 26 YOA Ridgecrest resident (still outstanding)
Sandie Hillman, 31 YOA Ridgecrest resident (still outstanding)
Payten Smith, 21 YOA Ridgecrest resident (in custody)
Sequoia Young, 23 YOA Ridgecrest resident (Young contacted Detectives and is NO LONGER a person of interest)
On 02/20/16, at approximately 1510 hours, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of S. Holly Canyon Dr. regarding a battery. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim bleeding from the head. Officers learned the victim had been struck several times with blunt objects. As a result, the victim suffered a laceration to his head. A cell phone was also taken by force from a subject who was on scene attempting to call the police. Throughout the investigation it was learned that the above mentioned were involved. Smith was located and arrested, however the other subjects are still outstanding. Buckholz is currently on active parole and a parole warrant is pending.
Payten Smith pictured below is In Custody:
If anyone has questions or information, you can either call The Ridgecrest Police Department at 760-499-5100, send a FB message to the Ridgecrest Police Dept facebook page or contact us on our Tip page HERE. Thank you.
RONALD N. STRAND, Chief of Police
PREPARED BY: Detective K. Cushman