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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Monday November 27th, 2023 :: 10:41 a.m. PST


Woman Arrested After Trying to Kidnap a 9-year-old Girl from the Front Yard of a Twentynine Palms Home

DATE/TIME: November 20, 2023, 02:14 P.M.

INCIDENT: Penal Code 209(a) - Kidnapping

LOCATION: 6000 Block of Smoketree Avenue, City of Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): Jennifer Penaflor, 44-Year-old Resident of Twentynine Palms

VICTIM(S): Confidential

SUMMARY: On Monday, November 20, 2023, at approximately 2:14 P.M., deputies assigned to the Morongo Basin Station responded to the 6000 block of Smoke Tree Avenue in Twentynine Palms for a report of a kidnapping. The victim, a 9-year-old female, was playing outside in the front yard with a friend, when a female suspect grabbed the victim by her hand and forcefully pulled her away from her house. The father of the victim was notified of the incident and detained the suspect from leaving until responding deputies arrived.

Through further investigation the suspect was identified as Jennifer Penaflor. Penaflor was arrested for Penal Code Violation 209(a) - Kidnapping, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $80,000. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station at (760)-366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463) or may leave information at

Refer: Deputy A. Martinez

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 202301706

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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