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Apple Valley molestation suspect sought

Umar Love (2)San Bernardino County authorities are seeking an Apple Valley martial arts instructor who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of child molestation.

Umar Love, 30, was arrested Dec. 14 on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child, after a 14-year-old girl reported that he had touched her inappropriately on a number of occasions, authorities said. Upon further investigation, sheriff's officials found a total of six females between ages 14 and 16 who reported that they had been molested by Love. 

The alleged crimes occurred at Love's mixed martial arts training facilities in the Victor Valley. He owns and operates Evolved Martial Arts in Apple Valley.

Love posted bail and was released from jail two days after his arrest. Sheriff's officials believe he has since fled. He was not at home when detectives served a search warrant there Dec. 22 and has not returned since then, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

Love is believed to be traveling with his girlfriend, Suzann Elizabeth Angel, 24, in a green 2001 BMW 325i, California license number 4SYK536.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts or about possible additional victims is asked to contact Det. Marks at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 or (760) 245-4211 for the 24-hour sheriff’s dispatch.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com.


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Photo: Umar Love. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

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