CRESTLINE — Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve arrested a man and a woman after finding seven mannequins hanging from different locations with the names of law enforcement officers and bullseye targets painted below the officers’ names.
Six of the mannequins had names of current or former deputies assigned to the Twin Peaks sheriff’s station, and one had a probation officer’s name. They were found at locations in Crestline and Cedarpines Park, officials said in a news release.
Within a few hours of finding the mannequins Thursday, investigators had identified Sarah Stewart, 36, as the person responsible, according to the release.
Stewart, identified in the release as a known criminal with ties to the white supremacist gang known as Skinheads, was seen driving a rented U-Haul van with the mannequins inside, officials said.
Witnesses reported seeing Stewart load mannequins into the U-Haul with Erin Elder, 47.
The two Crestline residents were arrested Friday at a residence in the 300 block of Davos Drive.
Stewart was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of threatening an officer in order to prevent duties, criminal threats against an officer, and criminal activity to promote reputation of street gang. She is also being held on suspicion of cruelty to a child. She’s being held without bail for violating the terms of her parole, booking records show.
Elder was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of cruelty to a child. He’s being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
According to sheriff’s officials at the Twin Peaks station, both Stewart and Elder had outstanding warrants on the cruelty to a child case.
Investigators are looking for three or four other suspects they think may have been involved. They ask anyone with information to call the Twin Peaks station at 909-336-0687 or We Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.
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