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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Thursday September 21st, 2017 :: 08:59 a.m. PDT


Detectives catch sexual predator using social media

DATE/TIME: September 20, 2017

INCIDENT: PC 288.2 – Send Harmful Matter to a Minor
PC 288.3 – Arrange to Meet Minor for Sexual Acts

LOCATION: City of Redlands & Yucaipa

SUSPECTS: Armando Vergara, age 22 a resident of Yucaipa


Detectives from the Yucaipa Police Department were utilizing a social media site, pretending to be a 13-year-old boy. During their investigation, they found that Vergara was also utilizing that same site. Detectives began “chatting” with Vergara, during the chat, Vergara was advised of the decoy's age being only 13 years old.

Vergara sent nude pictures of himself to the decoy and made arrangements to meet the decoy at a specific location in Yucaipa where he could perform various sexual acts with the decoy, whom he knew to be 13 years old.

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Vergara was located in the City of Yucaipa and interviewed by detectives. At the conclusion of the interview, Vergara was arrested, transported and booked into the Central Detention Center held on $50,000 bail. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2017, Vergara posted bail and was released from custody.

Detectives believe that Vergara has previously met with and engaged in sexual acts with other teenage boys. Detectives are releasing the booking photo of Vergara and ask anyone who has been victimized by Vergara to contact the Yucaipa Police Department Detective Bureau at (909) 918-2305.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the detectives at the Yucaipa Police Department. 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 website at
Refer: Detective Donald Patton

Station: Yucaipa Police Department

Phone No: (909) 918-2305

Case No: 141703058

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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