Hesperia and other High Desert communities have fallen on hard times -- which some local leaders say could be leading to teen crime.
Another alleged murder plot by middle school kids in San Bernardino County -- uncovered just two days after three young teens were arrested and charged with trying to kill a mom -- has residents of the High Desert communities wondering just what is going on.
The San Bernardino Sun reports that a 14-year-old boy from Phelan was arrested yesterday at about 12:45 a.m. for allegedly hatching a plot -- complete with procured weapons and written plans -- to kill a classmate who had supposedly taken his bike.
The boy had also tried to enlist the help of other classmates, but was unsuccessful, according to the Sun. Authorities say they received a tip about his plans -- the alleged target had no inkling about it -- and made the arrest at the boy’s home.
Two days earlier, a 13-year-old girl from Hesperia enlisted the help of two friends -- a boy and girl, both 14 -- in an alleged attempt to enter her mother’s trailer home and kill her as she slept.
In that incident, the three friends -- all students at Ranchero Middle School -- “conspired, formulated a plan and attempted to kill” the girl’s mother because she was considered to be too stern in her parenting, authorities said. The mother, Angelica Aquirre, was attacked but not seriously hurt (at least not physically).
Today, local leaders and residents are trying to figure out why these things are happening.
“When we heard there was another one, we were shocked,” a sheriff’s spokesperson told the Sun.
Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett said the problem could be a recent influx of low-income residents to their communities following the housing bubble.