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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Wednesday June 15th, 2022 :: 04:53 p.m. PDT


Suspect Assaults a Man Inside Yucca Valley Store and Forces a Woman to Leave with Him

DATE/TIME: June 14, 2022 / 5:56 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 207 - Kidnapping, PC 245(a)(1) - Assault with a Deadly Weapon

LOCATION: Walmart - Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): David Sorattanasoun, 38-year old resident of Twentynine Palms

VICTIM(S): Adult Male
Adult Female

SUMMARY: On June 14, 2022, at 5:56 p.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin station were dispatched to the Walmart store, in Yucca Valley, regarding a kidnapping that occurred inside the store. The male and female victims were shopping together when the suspect, David Sorattanasoun, approached them inside the store. The female victim and Sorattansoun were involved in an on again, off again relationship. Sorattanasoun assaulted the male victim, knocking him unconscious, and forced the female victim to leave the store with him. 

Witnesses observed Sorattanasoun pull the female victim into a silver four door sedan in the Walmart parking lot and then drive out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was later located by deputies, parked at a residence in Twentynine Palms. Detectives from the Morongo Basin station obtained an arrest warrant for Sorattanasoun and Sheriff's Specialized Enforcement Division (S.E.D.) was notified of the incident. S.E.D. responded to the residence and took Sorattansoun into custody without incident. The victim was found at the residence and was uninjured. Sorattanasoun was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for P.C. 207 Kidnapping and P.C. 245(a)(1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Adam Renteria or Detective Thomas Gates of the Morongo Basin Station (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at 

Refer: Deputy Adam Renteria or Detective Thomas Gates

Station: Morongo Basin 

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 2332201226

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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