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Sex offender registered in Ridgecrest arrested after moving, failing to register

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 19:17:57-04

RIDGECREST, Calif. — A man has been arrested after he moved and failed to register as a sex offender.

According to the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, in May 2018, 38-year-old Edward Byrd registered himself as a sex offender in Ridgecrest. In January 2019, investigators learned Byrd moved from the residence in Ridgecrest and was possibly living somewhere in Rancho Cucamonga or Upland.

Detectives from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department were notified and, after an investigation, determined Byrd was living at a residence in the 600 Block of Elm Way in Upland. Rancho Cucamonga PD says Byrd never registered with Upland Police Department as living at this address.

Rancho Cucamonga Police say detectives determined Byrd was purposely trying to conceal his residency, so law enforcement would not know where he was living.

On March 19, 2019, detectives located Byrd at a residence in the City of Rancho Cucamonga and placed him under arrest. Rancho Cucamonga PD says detectives served a search warrant at this residence and located evidence establishing his residency.

Byrd was booked into the county jail.

Through further investigation, Rancho Cucamonga PD says detectives learned Byrd has worked for various restaurants in City of Industry and is currently employed at a local restaurant near the Montclair Place mall.

Byrd remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Ridgecrest Police also filed criminal charges against Byrd for failure to notify law enforcement prior to moving. Byrd has a pending court date in Kern County on that case on April 16, 2019.

Byrd was convicted in 2007 of various sexual acts against a child under the age of 14. As a result of that conviction, he was ordered to register as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his life.

If you have any further information regarding this case, and/or additional victims, you are urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Detective Division at (909) 477-2800. If you choose to remain anonymous, you may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.