VICTORVILLE – A man and teen, both from Victorville were arrested for the October death of a 45-year-old Victorville man last week.
Authorities said that on October 21, 2016, brothers Victor and Jose Paredes attended a soccer game at the Victorville Fairgrounds, located at 15168 La Paz Drive. Following the soccer game Leobardo Garcia, 36, and a 17-year-old Hispanic male both players in the game confronted Jose and Victor about an incident that occurred during the game.
The verbal altercation escalated when Leobardo and the juvenile assaulted the brothers. A referee intervened stopping the fight and law enforcement was not called. The following morning, a 911 call was made at around 8:30 a.m. requesting medical aid. When deputies arrived in the 12400 block of Kokomo Drive in the City of Victorville, Paredes was pronounced dead. On Friday, October 28, 2016, his death was determined, by the San Bernardino County Coroner to be caused by blunt force trauma.
Nearly a month later on Monday, November 21, 2016, detectives made contact with Leobardo and the juvenile suspect and interviewed them in Kings County, California. When the interview was complete both were arrested and booked into Kings County Jails. The two were transferred, Leobardo to the West Valley Detention Center and the juvenile was booked into the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Center both for murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Both are being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Leobardo appeared in court via jail video on Monday, November 28, 2016, with the court entering a not guilty plea on his behalf. He is scheduled to return to the Victorville Superior Court on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, for a pre-preliminary hearing.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Brendan Motley or Sergeant Greg Myler 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 www.wetip.com.
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