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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Friday June 24th, 2022 :: 02:12 p.m. PDT


Subjects arrested for shooting pedestrian with gel-ball gun

DATE/TIME:  June 21, 2022, at 8:54 p.m.
INCIDENT:    Battery
LOCATION: 3rd Street and I Street in the city of Needles
SUSPECT(S): Patrick Zubiate, 18-year-old resident of Needles
VICTIM(S):     Confidential
On June 21, 2022, deputies from the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station / Needles Police were called to the area of 3rd Street and I Street in the city of Needles for a report of a victim shot with a BB gun.  Investigation revealed 18-year-old Patrick Zubiate and a male juvenile were passengers in a vehicle and were shooting Orbeez at pedestrians.
Orbeez are gel balls that range in size from 6 to 8 mm and are shot from a gel-ball gun or an airsoft gun. These guns have the potential to cause fear or panic in that some of these gel blaster guns could be mistaken for an actual firearm and cause serious injury if shot at someone’s face.  Zubiate was arrested and booked into the Colorado River jail for Penal Code section 242, battery. He was later released with a promise to appear in court. The juvenile suspect and his parent were also issued citations with a promise to appear in the Victorville Juvenile Court.  
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy A. Gonzalez of the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at
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Refer:             Deputy Alexandro Gonzalez
Station:          Colorado River Station
Phone No.     (760)326-9200
Case No.       212200587
SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department   

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

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