By Joe Tunnel
Big Bear Lake CA. – A 21 year-old Big Bear Lake man was arrested on Saturday, April 1, 2017 after forcing his way into a home in the Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake, and assaulting a 60 year-old victim in the residence.
The suspect, Cody Lynn Mortensen, allegedly entered the residence on or about 10:00 p.m. and made contact with a 13 year-old female in the home. He was then confronted by the girl’s 60 year-old grandmother, who struggled with the suspect to keep him from getting to a bedroom where the 13 year-old had gone to hide. The grandmother continued to fight with the suspect, including defending herself with her cane, and at some point during the altercation the suspect sexually battered the woman.
As local law enforcement responded to the incident, a number of residents took to social media to report a large contingency of SBSO units with “lights and sirens” racing into the Moonridge area.
Deputies from the Big Bear Station arrived at the residence during the struggle and took Mortensen into custody. Mortensen reportedly told Deputies he had entered the home looking for his girlfriend, whom he believed to be in the residence.
Mortensen was booked into West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $125,000. He was arraigned on April 4, with a bail amount set at $175,000. He is charged with Sexual Battery PC243.4(A); Intent to commit great bodily harm or death upon an elder or dependent adult PC368(B); Assault With A Deadly Weapon with intent to inflict great bodily injury PC245(A); False Imprisonment PC236; attempt to Annoy or Molest Victim Under 18 PC647.6(A) and Trespassing by cutting down or injuring wood or standing timber on the property of another PC602(A).
Mortensen is scheduled to appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court on April 12, 2017 for further action.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100.