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Man, 47, accused of attacking Yucca Valley High School students

By in Press Enterprise on January 8, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A 47-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested after he allegedly attacked and stabbed a high school student Friday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Investigators say Heriberto Pena reportedly attacked three students, using a knife to stab and simultaneously punching one of the teens.

Deputies were called to Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage Ave., around 2:45 p.m. for reports of a fight, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Authorities spoke to three students who said they were attacked by a man, later identified as Pena, according to the release.

“The victims and witnesses stated Pena had a knife in his hand while he was punching one of the students,” the sheriff’s statement said. It wasn’t clear why Pena attacked the students or if he knew any of the teens. None of the students were seriously hurt.

Deputies tracked down as arrested Pena at his home in the 5600 block of Joshua Drive, officials said. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was released the following day on bail.

A court date has not been set up for Pena, booking records show.

Yucca Valley High School students returned to school Jan. 2, the school website shows.

The attack is still under investigation and authorities ask anyone with information to call the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or www.WeTip.com.

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