Murder Suspect in Custody 


Early afternoon Tuesday May 17, 2016, Big Bear Sheriff Deputies responded to the report of a stabbing in the Erwin Lake area in the 2100 block of East State Lane. Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim who was suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 
Witnesses advised Sheriff Deputies that a male suspect had fled the location of the stabbing and was believed to be at a residence in the 2100 block of E. Third Lane. Deputies responded to that location and located the male suspect.

The suspect was identified as 46 year-old Joseph Vaughn, a resident of Big Bear City. Vaughn was immediately detained by the Deputies. 

Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail responded to the Erwin Lake location to conduct an investigation.   

Through investigation, Joseph Vaughn was determined to be responsible for the death of the victim. Vaughn was arrested without incident, transported and booked into the Big Bear Jail for PC 187 Murder. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Nick Clark or Sergeant David Johnson at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at