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.
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Witnesses say a teenage girl is responsible for the fatal shooting of an El Camino Real High School soccer player that occurred Wednesday night outside the victim's home in Winnetka, according to AP.
17-year-old Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jr. received a knock at the door around 6:10 p.m. and walked outside where he was shot three times by a teenage girl, say witnesses.
The killing was not a random act, according to investigators, though no possible motive or official suspect description has been released.
"This was not a random shooting. This was definitely targeted toward a specific individual," said LAPD Det. Dave Peteque, reports KTLA.
Rodriguez, who went by the nickname "Pancho," was a varsity soccer team goalkeeper, and had just returned home from a game against Taft High School. The match ended in a tie, and no altercations were reported by students.