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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 :: 01:25 p.m. PDT


Victorville Man Arrested for Murder and Carjacking

DATE/TIME: August 29, 2017 / 1:47 p.m.
INCIDENT: Murder, Carjacking
LOCATION: 15300 block of La Paz Drive
SUSPECT: Joshua James Nelson, 32-year old Victorville resident
Jacqueline Elizabeth Spaulding, 31-year old Hesperia resident (Deceased)
VICTIM(S): Confidential, Adult Male
Jacqueline Elizabeth Spaulding, 31-year old Hesperia resident (Deceased)

SUMMARY: On August 28, 2017, at approximately 1:47 p.m., deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to the 15300 block of La Paz Drive for a reported traffic collision.

Upon arrival, deputies learned the suspect, Joshua Nelson, stole a U-Haul truck from the location. As Nelson was leaving the scene, Jacqueline Spaulding attempted to get in the truck with him. The male victim, who had rented the truck, attempted to stop Nelson. Both victims fell to the ground and Spaulding was run over. The abandoned truck was located a short time later near Culver Road and Joshua Street.

Through investigation it was learned Spaulding was the girlfriend of Nelson and an accomplice to the crime. Spaulding was taken to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The male victim was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and released.

An arrest warrant was issued for Nelson and on August 29, 2017, he was located and detained by the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division. Nelson will be booked at High Desert Detention Center for murder and carjacking.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer
Station: Victorville Police Department
Case #: 171710559
Phone No. (760) 241-2911

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

SBSD - Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Rd
Victorville, CA 92392

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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