Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Tuesday April 16th, 2024 :: 07:24 p.m. PDT


Disturbance Call Leads to Arrest of Two Yucca Valley Residents for Possession of Weapons and Destructive Devices

DATE/TIME: April 16, 2024, at approximetly 8:20 a.m.

INCIDENT: PC422 Criminal Threats, PC245(a)(1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon, PC30605 Possession of an Assault Weapon, PC30600 Manufacturing Assault Weapons, and PC18710 Possession of a Destructive Device 

LOCATION: 7200 block of Palo Alto Ave, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): Latisha Richardson, 25-year-old female resident of Yucca Valley
                        Kweisi Thomas, 25-year-old male resident of Yucca Valley    

VICTIM(S): Adult Female

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at approximetly 8:20 a.m., deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station responded to a subject disturbance in the 7200 block of Palo Alto Avenue, in Yucca Valley. Deputies received information that Latisha Richardson was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim. During the altercation Richardson brandished a firearm and threatened to kill the victim. 

When deputies arrived at the scene and contacted Richardson, she was no longer in possession of a firearm. Richardson’s boyfriend, Kweisi Thomas, arrived at the scene while the deputies were conducting their investigation. Thomas was identified as possibly being involved in the original disturbance. Due to the firearm no longer being in Richardson’s possession, a search warrant was authored for Richardson and Thomas' residence.

The search of Richardson and Thomas' residence was conducted, and deputies located 12 firearms, four of which were found to be unserialized firearms, otherwise know as "ghost guns." Three of the firearms were found to be assault weapons. Materials and tools used to manufacture ghost guns and a large quantity of binary explosives were located inside the residence.

One of the handguns located in the residence was identified as the weapon used by Richardson during the initial incident. Richardson was arrested for PC 422 Criminal Threats and PC 245(a)(1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Thomas was arrested for PC 30605 Possession of an Assault Weapon, PC 30600 Manufacturing Assault Weapons, and PC 18710 Possession of a Destructive Device.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy O. Zavala of the Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged 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 O. Zavala

Station: Morongo Basin

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 232400655

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

Navigate & Discover