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SBSD - Highland Police Department
Wednesday July 24th, 2019 :: 07:40 a.m. PDT


SED located and arrested Jonathan Padilla in Los Angeles; he was booked at Central Detention Center for murder

DATE/TIME: July 22, 2019 9:37 p.m.

INCIDENT: Murder Investigation

LOCATION: Mira Vista Ave./Baseline St., Highland

SUSPECT: Jonathan Padilla, 24-year-old transient

VICTIM: Unidentified male

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.
On July 22, 2019 at 9:37 p.m. deputies were called to a neighborhood near Mira Vista Ave. and Baseline Street reference a suspicious circumstance call. 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. 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. When the resident returned home, they notified police. Deputies searched the wash area adjacent to the neighborhood and located a victim suffering from stab wounds. Medical aid responded, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation.

Detectives determined Jonathan Padilla stabbed the victim, for an unknown reason, then ran to a nearby home where he asked for a ride out of the area. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Padilla and the Specialized Enforcement Division (SED) is searching for him.

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

Refer: Sergeant Ryan Smith or Detective James Tebbetts
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No. (909)387-3589
Case No. DR#131902979 H#2019-066

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Highland Police Department
26985 Base Line St
Highland, CA 92346

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