VICTORVILLE, CA (VVNG.com) – Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Victorville man who used dating apps to sexually assault women and it is believed there are other possible victims.
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, Riverside Police Detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, with assistance from our METRO team as part of their participation in the Regional Fugitive Task Force of the US Marshals Pacific Southwest, served a search warrant in the city. of Victorville in connection with an ongoing sexual assault investigation.
The suspect identified as Dejaun Jones was arrested for a sexual assault and robbery in Riverside on March 7, officials said.
According to a press release, during the investigation officials learned that Dejaun Jones was active on dating apps and social media where he met women online and that the assaults took place after those meetings. happened.
Officials said the suspect “Dejaun Jones was armed during the encounters and is believed to have preyed on women less likely to report the crimes to law enforcement, such as youths and sex workers.”
Dejaun Jones was incarcerated at the Robert Presley Detention Center for sexual assault and robbery and is currently being held on $275,000 bond.
Investigators believe this suspect committed his crimes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and are following leads regarding other possible victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Riverside Police Detective Melissa Brazil at [email protected] or (951) 353-7950 San Bernardino Police Criminal Investigator Georgianna West at [email protected] or (909) 384-5621, or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Edward Oliveros – Victorville Station at (760) 241-2911.
Detectives would like to remind those who engage in online dating and use dating apps of a few safety tips provided by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
- Use different photos for your dating profile
- Avoid logging in with suspicious profiles
- Discover your potential social media date
- Video chat before meeting you in person
- Tell a friend where you will meet and for how long
- Meet in a well-lit, populated public place
- Do not rely on your date for transport
- Do not abuse alcohol or substances
- Trust your instincts and always be aware of your surroundings
You can find more safety information and resources at www.rainn.org.
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