Needles, CA: Local man arrested and a local juvenile as well as his parents issued citations after shooting a pedestrian with a gel-ball gun along Third Street near I Street.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release)

Needles, California: A local man arrested and a local juvenile as well as his parents issued citations after shooting a pedestrian with a gel-ball gun along Third Street near I Street on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022.

According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 8:54 p.m. PT, deputies from the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station / Needles Police were called to the area of 3rd Street and I Street in the city of Needles for a report of a victim shot with a BB gun.

Investigation revealed 18-year-old Patrick Zubiate and a male juvenile were passengers in a vehicle and were shooting Orbeez at pedestrians.

Pictures: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Courtesy)

Orbeez are gel balls that range in size from 6 to 8 mm and are shot from a gel-ball gun or an airsoft gun. These guns have the potential to cause fear or panic in that some of these gel blaster guns could be mistaken for an actual firearm and cause serious injury if shot at someone’s face.

Zubiate was arrested and booked into the Colorado River jail for Penal Code section 242, battery. He was later released with a promise to appear in court.

The juvenile suspect and his parent were also issued citations with a promise to appear in the Victorville Juvenile Court.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy A. Gonzalez of the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at http://www.wetip.com

For the latest press releases, news, and information, follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at @CORiverStation

Refer: Deputy Alexandro Gonzalez

Press Release: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9501799/

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760)326-9200

Case No. 212200587

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Great work to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

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