AN ARREST FOR THEFT OF UTILITIES AND THREATENING DEPUTY WITH KNIFE

AN ARREST FOR THEFT OF UTILITIES AND THREATENING DEPUTY WITH KNIFE

After the manager of a Joshua Tree apartment complex noticed the electric bill for the meter in the complex’s laundry room had increased significantly, he determined that a tenant was stealing the electricity. Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter said a deputy was called in to investigate, and when the deputy knocked on an apartment door in the 61900 block of Grand View Circle, the tenant, Harold Ghaemmaghami, 50, ignored the knocking. When the deputy persisted, Ghaemmaghami met the deputy at the door with a large hunting knife in his hand. Porter said the deputy put Ghaemmaghami to the ground at gunpoint, after which there was no further resistance from the suspect. Harold Ghaemmaghami was arrested for investigation of brandishing a weapon and theft of utilities. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.

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