Assault arrest in Lone Pine

Julio Becerra

Julio Becerra

On September 14th, at about 1:30AM, Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a physical altercation at Statham Hall in Lone Pine.  According to the reporting party, there had been a birthday party that evening and the suspect (Julio Becerra a 28 year old man from Lone Pine) had become increasingly aggressive.  Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the assistance from California Highway Patrol, were dispatched to the scene.

Interviews with witnesses indicated that an argument took place outside Statham Hall between Becerra and another male subject; the argument resulted in Becerra taking a machete out of his vehicle and brandishing it in a threatening manner.  Two male subjects attempted to grab hold of Becerra from behind to avoid being hit by the machete.  Becerra swung the machete behind him, striking one of the male subjects in the shoulder.  Becerra fled the scene only to return shortly afterwards.

When Becerra arrived back at the scene, a verbal altercation immediately commenced between Becerra and the girlfriend of the male subject who was initially injured by the machete.  The altercation escalated which resulted in Becerra choking the female.  Becerra was pulled off the female by bystanders, and again fled the scene.   

Becerra was later located at his residence in Lone Pine and arrested without incident.  He is currently being held under (felony) assault with a deadly weapon charge; his bail has been set at $25,000.  The female victim declined treatment.  The male victim was treated at the scene and declined further medical evaluation.

26 Responses to Assault arrest in Lone Pine

  1. Indy Resident September 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    ‘sugarmags’ Im guessing you think these two idiots were bailed out? Oh No… They were let out on their ‘OR’ or ‘Own Recognizance’ . They are such upstanding citizens, that the judge decided to let them out and promise to appear at their hearing. Both of these upstanding citizens have extensive records (avail to the public, and I have printouts of both). Have a nice evening!!

  2. sugarmags September 17, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Indy, I’m not sure what part of ‘due process’ you don’t understand. The people you reference have been arrested and charged with a crime (or more). They won’t be sentenced as punishment until they are convicted of a crime. Until then, they are free. Bail was designed to ensure (in theory) that they will show up for their day in court.

    To incarcerate people before they are convicted is un-american.

    Most likely, if the crime was committed ‘a month or two ago’, there’s been no outcome yet. Our system just doesn’t work that fast.

  3. Indy Resident September 17, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    So….. this guy was arrested, booked with a Felony, and $20000 bail awaiting his court date. He must have gone to court and our fine legal system just lets him out. He was at our local gas station buying a beer to wait for his buddies to pick him up and take him back to Lone Pine.
    Sounds like a broken record…. A month or two ago, a local Indy kid broke into a few homes, took some things, was booked for Felony Burglary(multiple offenses) with a $100000 bail, and the next court day he was back walking the streets awaiting a court date in a few months. He now walks the streets like nothing ever happened. Anyone know the outcome of this little punks legal issues?

  4. chris September 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Aggressive Progressive: “…because it is law enforcement that has the monopoly on violence…”. Really? This statement offends me and does disservice to those LE personnel who DO protect and serve. In most cases,when folks who say they hate or don’t trust LE (you did not actually say either of these) are involved in auto accidents, held at gunpoint, or return home to find that things have been stolen, who do they call?? The cops, of course! Think about it – it doesn’t apply in every situation, I realize. Usually I let your comments roll off my back as some make sense to me and some don’t, but this one is grossly inaccurate.

    • The Aggressive Progressive September 17, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      All due respect chris, please allow me to further explain myself;
      How can you argue with that fact? YES! Law enforcement/Corrections/Security has a monopoly on violence, well I guess the state ultimately holds the true power and “monopoly on violence”, but those within law enforcement are given the tools and training to not only protect themselves but the very pubic that they serve, Yes I believe their job is public service, so when my life or anyone’s life is in danger by some perpetrator or violent person on a rampage, I appreciate having something to fall back on (calling the police for help), so in that perspective we allow them to have that monopoly on violence when in the effort of protecting the people they are sworn to serve…. but today around the nation, we see them not held responsible for their actions hiding behind this “monopoly on violence” and convincing the general public that it is the danger of the job and necessary actions will be implemented, when really they have gotten away with excessive force and executing unarmed citizens in the street, they aren’t held to the higher standard we expect them to have, also cops are just human beings that make mistakes just like everyone else… but it goes in history, those in any power or authority position, don’t like to be made fun of or mocked in anyway, so most law enforcement don’t take criticism to well, I mean they have to deal with enough stress and what not on the job….

  5. Trouble September 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    And people wonder why we should all carry guns.

  6. Tinner September 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    A machete vs. the Second Amendment.

  7. Mongo the idiot September 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    On a lighter note…

    The papa said oy if I get that boy
    I’m gonna stick him in the house of detention
    Well I’m on my way
    I don’t know where I’m going
    I’m on my way I’m taking my time
    But I don’t know where
    Goodbye to Rosie the queen of Corona
    See you, me and Julio
    Down by the schootyard
    See you, me and Julio
    Down by the school yard!

    Lyrics by Paul Simon

  8. Wayne Deja September 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    In another type of situation,and depending who he was threatening to do it to,this one could have LEGALLY ended a LOT worse for the guy grabbing the machete and choking the girl……

    • The Aggressive Progressive September 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      …and thankfully it ended up in the authorities hands to deal with it, right? because yes it could have ended A LOT worse!

      ..goodnight Wayne, one less enemy combatant to worry about, oh but ISIS (yikes) and mr Obama said he was going to get us out of wars… right into two more… well that’s what happens when your big donors are GE (war profiteers).. I mean goodnight.

      • Wayne Deja September 16, 2014 at 5:30 am #

        Aggressive Progressive…..It’s early morning,I just got up and not awake yet….and maybe because of that,I don’t quite understand what your latest post is trying to say….After I’m awake and have my coffee at Lee’s,I’ll check back here,read it again,and see if I can figure it out…

      • Wayne Deja September 16, 2014 at 8:27 am #

        Aggressive Progressive……Well,I had my cup of coffee,and a Carl’s Jr. breakfast…. and after that a short walk in the Alabama Hills,and after reading your comment again when I got back home,I have to admit I still don’t understand what your trying to say….especially the part saying President Obama got us into two more wars…and blaming GE in part for it too….I’ve got to check on my baseball fantasy leagues,mow a lawn next door,and after I’m done doing that,I’ll try again to figure out what your trying to say….

        • The Aggressive Progressive September 17, 2014 at 9:29 am #

          I find it amusing how you were given the airwaves to make a mockery of my post (twice)…. since my post that answered your questions didn’t show up, it’s been deemed “unimportant” less important then us hearing about your lovely morning….

          But if we go to war again, we will find ourselves sponsoring both sides of the fight, and if ISIS merge’s with Saudi Arabia (the holy land and the oil capital), why might ISIS merge the Saudi’s? ISIS has the same Sunni Muslim fundamentalist beliefs that the Saudi’s hold, the Kurds, Sunni and Shia will always battle over fundamentalist Muslim beliefs, why we are there making the problem worse? I don’t know… Oh yeah, OIL…

          • Wayne Deja September 17, 2014 at 10:37 am #

            Aggressive Progressive….I wasn’t trying to make a mockery of ANYTHING you were saying….What I do with many people that try to blame President Obama for EVERYTHING wrong in this Country,or for that matter,EVERYTHING wrong going on in this World right now,if I don’t understand how it’s his fault,I’m just trying to figure out how….and why it is…that’s all….With your comment,more or less stating President Obama has gotten the U.S. into two more wars….I’m sorry….I don’t understand how HE did that..why it’s his fault.What do you suggest he did ?…How and why is it HIS fault what’s going on in the Middle-East right now ?…If he brings in troops,he’ll get bashed for it….if he doesn’t,he’ll get bashed for NOT doing it…either way,the Republicans and FOX NEWS is going to try to spin-it to where whatever he does is the wrong thing to do. .

          • The Aggressive Progressive September 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

            I hear you on Obama being blamed for everything, and a lot of it is senseless. What I blame Obama for is, fooling the voters that voted for him, that he was going to get us out of war, but it doesn’t seem like the USA is going to stop sending war resources over there. He said he was going to get us out of war, but his drone program does nothing but breed more radical individuals that believe the USA is the devil, how else do you expect people to act when they have family members being blown away because they happen to live next to somebody that engages in terrorists activities.. the civilian casualties breeds more radical’s.. OUR boots on the ground in the middle of THEIR holy war (kurds, sunni and shea), breeds more hate towards the USA.
            His big donors are GE (war profiteers), so that is a hint of how he may vote if the vote effects his donors, and any donor to political party or candidate is only making a investment, time and time we see the donors best interest is shown in the legislators votes.
            So I blame Obama for making a fool out of me (2008′ and 2012′) thinking he was going to bring change, you know the change he was talking about when he sounded like a true progressive (he talked about the corruption in DC, he talked about helping the environment, he talked about bringing troops home, he talked about civil liberties, etc…. then he got elected). I blame Obama for taking the Bush policies that are counter productive to our human rights and economic growth and putting those policies on steroids.. that I blame him for..but I thank him for helping the youth get excited about politics, and understanding the need for REAL change!

          • Trouble September 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

            Since you guys somehow turned this into a foreign policy debate , I think we should turn Iran into a big parking lot.

          • Mark September 18, 2014 at 6:40 am #

            “So I blame Obama for making a fool out of me (2008′ and 2012′)”

            Fool me once…. fool me twice….

            However your honesty is appreciated

  9. The Aggressive Progressive September 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Notice how he was able to return to the party… people at the party wanted the cops to be called, but nobody had the nerve or for some reason didn’t call the cops (I can imagine why people don’t trust the cops), someone close to me was the one who got him off and away from the gal he was choking, and after that he was at my friend’s house threatening him and doing donuts in front of my friends yard (so we had somebody assaulted with a deadly weapon, a female being choked, a brave citizen to intervene and get the female to safety (“allegedly” they were in a car when my friend gave him a right hook!), then that same suspect was able to get behind a wheel and act more erratically…. at least the police did get him…eventually.

    • Benett Kessler September 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      The legal system will investigate the facts of this incident. Benett Kessler

      • The Aggressive Progressive September 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

        Thanks for posting my comment!

        As anti cop or radical I may seem, there is a time when authorities are needed, for that I believe my tax dollars are going in a good place when they deal with individual’s like in this story, BUT, what I don’t like is the public unsure if the cops can or will help, I am thankful that my partner that stuck his neck out to help another is okay…..


        Proud resident of Lone Pine.

        • Wayne Deja September 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

          Aggressive Progressive….I’m thinking it’s not so much people thinking LE can’t or won’t help in a situation like this…..but more that culture of some not wanting to get Law Enforcement involved……and being from Lone Pine too,is it just me,or does it seem this type of thing,and other illegal activities, don’t they seem to be moving more and more into the town and not just found in the outskirts of our nice,little area we call home ??

          • The Aggressive Progressive September 16, 2014 at 11:54 am #

            However you cut it up and interpret it, is beyond me.. if you haven’t notice I reflect the culture that doesn’t feel law enforcement gives the public the confidence that they will come and calm a situation down, when you have loved ones out of control, the last thing you want to do is have law enforcement come and execute them in the street, because it is law enforcement that has the monopoly on violence…

            not just found in the outskirts? you mean the reservation? the lovely place that I call home…. yeah it is creeping up into all the nooks and crannies, and there is no time to be a conservative or liberal about the world we live in, time to get aggressively progressive about it!

            I didn’t think my hearsay would get so much thumbs down :-(…. but it’s okay, I associate with the “bystanders” that pulled him off the female, not the culprit of the story.

          • Wayne Deja September 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

            Aggressive Progressive…..To an extent,I agree with you about getting Law Enforcement and ,even more so with OTHER “authorities” getting involved in some situations….God forbid the day IF the big earthquake hits this area,or if that Long Valley Caldera up by Tom’e Place ever does blow its stack,knowing if it happens,many,many agencies,thinking as authorities, will jump in and “take charge”,telling people where to go,where not to go,how to survive,what to do,what not to do…..I’ve seen it happen on a smaller scale around here…..CalTrans trying to” take charge” of me and others trying to catch a runaway dog on HWY 395..LADWP and USFS trying to boss people around during a structure-fire here in Lone Pine…fire alarms in town going off when it rains….those constant warnings about flash-floods over the television whenever clouds form over the Inyo Mountains ..scanner-talk of possibly evacuating Lone Pine for a brush-fire 18 miles away….and I agree with you about LE over-stepping their boundries at times,but like I’ve said before,more in the bigger cities and not so much around here….and I wasn’t refering solely to the reservation with what I said in my above post…because of a time in my past,I’m REALLY good at detecting houses and people in those houses and who daily visit them what they’re doing to pay their bills and make a living….used to notice it on a job I had a few years back,usually out of town in run-down or out of the way areas….but now,seems to be closer to home and with people that were the least to suspect of it.

      • Mark September 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

        One fact will be people had to much alcohol to drink

        • Benett Kessler September 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

          I am asking people to withhold judgment without firsthand knowledge of what happened. BK

          • Susan Anthony September 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

            I always carry bear spray, for situations just like this. No machete-wielding thug will EVER get close enough to me to choke me.


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