Needles, CA: Women arrested for kidnapping, grand theft auto, and child endangerment.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Friday, September 16, 2016, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station were dispatched to investigate a kidnapping which had occurred at the Katie Hohstadt Elementary School, located at 600 Cibola Street, in Needles, California.
The investigation revealed that a Needles resident, along with her 2 children, both 1 year old, had given an acquaintance, identified as 62 year old Arlene Hewitt from Needles, California, a ride to the school so that the mother could pick up her other children.
The mother, left the children in the car, along with Arlene Hewitt, who was believed to be intoxicated.
During the time the mother was away from the vehicle, Arlene Hewitt took the car, along with the children and left the mother at the school without her permission or knowledge.
Within 20 minutes of discovering her car and children gone, deputies located the mother’s car parked and unoccupied in the 100 block of Walnut Street in Needles, California.
Checking a nearby home on Walnut Street, Arlene Hewitt and the missing children were located inside the home which belonged to Arlene Hewitt’s’ family.
The children were unharmed and were reunited with their mother.
Arlene Hewitt was arrested for PC 207 Kidnapping, VC 10851a Grand theft auto, and PC 273a(a) Child endangerment.
Arlene Hewitt booked at the Colorado River Station jail and her bail was set at $250,000.
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