UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Specialized Enforcement Division located Jonathan Padilla at a home in Los Angeles and arrested him without incident. Padilla was booked at Central Detention Center for Murder and bail was set at $1,000,000. He is expected to be arraigned on Friday, July 26, 2019.
HIGHLAND, Calif. – Authorities are asking for the public’s help to locate a transient suspected of murder.
On Monday, July 22, 2019, at around 9:37 p.m. deputies were called to an area near Mira Vista Avenue and Baseline Street for a suspicious circumstances report. “The resident said he was leaving his home on Mira Vista Ave. when a man came out of the nearby wash area and asked him for a ride to San Bernardino,” Sheriff officials said. “The resident gave the man a ride and saw what appeared to be blood on his clothing and other evidence indicating a serious assault occurred.”
The resident called police as soon as he got home. Deputies responded to the wash area near they neighborhood and located a victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. Emergency medical personnel responded to the area, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives responded to conduct the investigation. Jonathan Padilla was determined to be the suspect who stabbed the victim. The motive is unknown at this time. After the stabbing, he ran to a home where he asked for a ride.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding Padilla’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective James Tebbetts, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909)387-8313. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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