Police Run-away Investigation
Leads to Discovery of a Homicide
February 9, 2019 12:00
An advisory was released Saturday, to
the press of an arrest Yucaipa Police (San Bernardino County Sheriff) Department
of two homicide suspects; Friday, February 8, 2019, at approximately 9:18 A.M.
Friday morning, Yucaipa Police
Officers went to a residence in the 32200 block of Avenue East, while
conducting an investigation regarding a 14-year-old run-away female. Once
inside the residence, authorities located a deceased male, later identified as
Rueben Franco Jr., with an apparent gunshot wound.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Detectives - Specialized
Investigations Division, Homicide Detail
responded to the location to conduct an investigation. The Detectives learned
that a 15-year-year old female was missing from the residence and believed to
be with the 14-year-old run-away female. The victim’s vehicle was also gone
from the residence.
At approximately 1:35 P.M. Friday
afternoon, Homicide Detectives were contacted by officers of the Buckeye (Arizona) Police Department, and
advised that they had detained two female juveniles. The Buckeye Police
Officers had responded to a gas station in Buckeye following the report of a
driver colliding into a gas pump at the location.
The Arizona Officers also learned the
involved vehicle had been reported stolen out of San Bernardino County. San
Bernardino County Sheriff Homicide Detectives responded to Buckeye, took
custody of the juveniles and transported them back to San Bernardino County. They
were later booked into Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino for the Murder of Rueben
No additional information is being
released at this time. Updates will be issued as new information becomes
available for release. The motive is not known at this time.
is ongoing and anyone with information is
urged to contact the
Investigations Division, Detective Mike Cleary
Callers can remain
anonymous and contact
WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com