Rock throwing arrest

Kristopher Stephen Fernandes Held without Bail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Tracy man is facing several felony charges stemming from a series of rock throwing incidents on roadways in San Joaquin County that occurred in the area of Tracy Boulevard north of Interstate-205 over the past several weeks.

Kristopher Stephen Fernandes, 32, was arrested April 10, 2021, and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail where he is being held without bail. Fernandes is being charged with eight counts of attempted murder, seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon upon a peace officer. Additional charges are possible based on follow-up to this investigation.

Prior to the arrest, California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators were following up on a series of rock-throwing incidents that occurred in the area, including one in the early morning hours of April 9, 2021, which resulted in the crash and serious injury of two CHP officers responding to a call of rocks being thrown at moving vehicles.

While a CHP investigator was driving through the surveillance area, a rock thrown from a moving vehicle struck the investigator’s windshield. Uninjured, the investigator was able to follow the vehicle and until marked patrol units from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and CHP could get into position and conduct the stop. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Several rocks were located within the passenger compartment of the suspect vehicle, like the one thrown through the investigator’s window moments prior.

Anyone with information related to this case is ecouraged to call the Tracy Area CHP office at (209) 835-8920.