‚Äč       Homicide Suspect LOUIS LUCERO 

Extradited to San Bernardino County



The suspect Louis Lucero, was arrested in Eagle County, Colorado on an unrelated charge Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 12:28 P.M.  Lucero will be held on the current charges, as well as the warrant for murder. He will be scheduled for an extradition hearing before returning to San Bernardino County. 



On the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2020, San Bernardino County Sheriff - Victorville Deputies were called to the Ferndale Road and discovered signs of a struggle inside. At the time, deputies learned that Erlinda Villareal and her boyfriend, Louis Lucero lived at the home. Neither Villareal or Lucero were at the home when the Sheriff Deputies arrived and had not been seen or heard from since early Wednesday morning. Using investigative techniques, the Detectives attempted to locate Villareal, Lucero and his vehicle but were unsuccessful. 

Later, Wednesday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff Dispatch received a call Wednesday at 5:36 P.M., from a person off-roading in the desert area of Waalew Road and Corwin Road in Apple Valley.  The caller reported that the bodies of those of the missing three who had left the three individuals had been discovered in the desert.  Immediately, San Bernardino County Sheriff Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and determined that the three bodies were Ferndale Road home with Lucero. They were Erlinda Villareal, 42 year-old, mother and her two sons, 9 and 12 years-old. The victims were murdered at an unknown location, then left in the desert area where they were found.   

Louis Lucero fled the area in a silver colored 2008 Ford Explorer, CA license 6HCF706. He is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available for release at this time. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact:

Detective Nicholas Clark, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589  

Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com