The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Robert Gare Hatch (Age 41 of Needles) for battery in Needles.


On Thursday, May 27, 2021, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the West Broadway Overpass in Needles regarding a victim who was assaulted and had their personal belongings stolen. During the investigation, Robert Gare Hatch was arrested.

After reviewing this case, our office has filed charges against Mr. Hatch for violating the following sections of the California Penal Code:

Penal Code Section 243(e)(1) – Battery On a Spouse, Cohabitant, Fiancé, Boyfirned, Girlfriend or Child’s Parent (Misdemeanor)
When a battery is committed against a spouse, a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant’s child, former spouse, fiancé, or fiancée, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship, the battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment. If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of the sentence is suspended, it shall be a condition thereof that the defendant participate in, for no less than one year, and successfully complete, a batterer’s treatment program, as described in Section 1203.097, or if none is available, another appropriate counseling program designated by the court. However, this provision shall not be construed as requiring a city, a county, or a city and county to provide a new program or higher level of service as contemplated by Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

Penal Code Section 484(a) – Petty Theft (Misdemeanor)
Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, carry, lead, or drive away the personal property of another, or who shall fraudulently appropriate property which has been entrusted to him or her, or who shall knowingly and designedly, by any false or fraudulent representation or pretense, defraud any other person of money, labor or real or personal property, or who causes or procures others to report falsely of his or her wealth or mercantile character and by thus imposing upon any person, obtains credit and thereby fraudulently gets or obtains possession of money, or property or obtains the labor or service of another, is guilty of theft. In determining the value of the property obtained, for the purposes of this section, the reasonable and fair market value shall be the test, and in determining the value of services received the contract price shall be the test. If there be no contract price, the reasonable and going wage for the service rendered shall govern. For the purposes of this section, any false or fraudulent representation or pretense made shall be treated as continuing, so as to cover any money, property or service received as a result thereof, and the complaint, information or indictment may charge that the crime was committed on any date during the particular period in question. The hiring of any additional employee or employees without advising each of them of every labor claim due and unpaid and every judgment that the employer has been unable to meet shall be prima facie evidence of intent to defraud.


DA Case Number: 2021-00-0023958
Court Case Number: MVI21003774
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