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SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
Wednesday July 26th, 2023 :: 12:27 p.m. PDT


Hammer Wielding Man Taken into Custody for Criminal Threats

DATE/TIME: July 18, 2023, at approximately 10:20 a.m.

INCIDENT: Criminal Threats

LOCATION: 14500 block of Valley Boulevard, Fontana

SUSPECT(S): Vincent Navarro, 46 year-old resident of San Bernardino

VICTIM(S): Confidential

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at approximately 10:20 a.m., deputies from the Fontana Sheriff's Station responded to a 9-1-1 call from an employee at a business regarding a hostile male, threatening staff with a hammer. 

Deputy Gentry responded to the call for service and arrived within minutes. Gentry noticed an angry and erratic white male adult, later identified as Vincent Navarro, waving a hammer and making threats in the lobby area. Gentry coordinated with other deputies and formulated a plan to safely evacuate staff from the rear of the building. Deputies attempted to gain Navarro's compliance, but he refused to cooperate and follow commands. Deputies used less lethal impact munitions causing Navarro to drop the hammer. Navarro was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for criminal threats.   

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact investigators at the Fontana Sheriff's Station. Callers wishing to remain annonymous 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: Detective Bustamante
           Deputy Gentry

Station: Fontana Station

Phone No. 909-356-6767

Case No. 032301633

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

SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
17780 Arrow Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335

Emergency: 9-1-1

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