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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Monday October 17th, 2022 :: 11:39 a.m. PDT


Armed Texas Fugitive Located in Needles

DATE/TIME: October 14, 2022, 11:44 a.m. 

INCIDENT:  Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Fugitive from Justice 

LOCATION: Broadway Street and Market Street, Needles, CA.

SUSPECT(S): John Henry Hughes Jr, 75-year-old resident of Weatherford, Texas

VICTIM(S): State of California

SUMMARY: On Friday, October  14, 2022, at approximately 11:44 a.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle, near the intersection of Broadway Street and Market Street in Needles. The vehicle was reported to be driven by a wanted fugitive out of Weatherford, Texas. The driver, John Henry Hughes Jr, was reported to be armed and dangerous and wanted for attempted murder. 

Deputies conducted a high risk traffic stop and detained Hughes. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a 9mm handgun. Hughes was booked into the Colorado River Station jail for being a felon in possession of a weapon and a fugitive from justice. Hughes is being held on $50,000 bail. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy J. Ramirez of the Colorado River Station / Needles Police (760) 326-9200. 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 J. Ramirez

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 212200943

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

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

Emergency: 9-1-1

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