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SBSD - Highland Police Department
Friday February 15th, 2019 :: 02:09 p.m. PST


Homicide Detectives investigate a murder & attempt murder at JJ's Sports Bar; suspect is in custody

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:03 p.m.

INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation

LOCATION: 7955 Webster St., Highland

SUSPECT: Eric Malone, 29 years old, resident of Hesperia

VICTIM(S): #1- Michael Froelich, 37 years old, resident of San Bernardino - Deceased
#2- 38-year-old male, resident of Rialto – Hospitalized

On Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:03 p.m. deputies were called to JJ’s Sports Bar in Highland for a reported stabbing. When deputies arrived, they found Michael Froelich outside the bar suffering from stab wounds and unresponsive. Deputies found a second victim, also suffering from stab wounds, inside the bar. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where Froelich was pronounced deceased at 9:29 p.m. The second victim remains hospitalized and his condition is unknown.

Homicide Detectives were requested to conduct the investigation. Investigators learned that Froelich, the second victim and Eric Malone were outside the bar when, for reasons unknown, Malone stabbed Froelich and the other victim and then left the area. Detectives and the Specialized Enforcement Detail contacted Malone at his home in Hesperia and arrested him without incident.

Eric Malone was booked at the High Desert Detention Center with bail set at $1,000,000. He is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

No additional information is being released at this time. Updates will be issued as new information becomes available. Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective Narcie Sousa at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or

Refer: Detective Narcie Sousa or Sergeant A.J. Gibilterra

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. DR#131900685 H#2019-013

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

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

Emergency: 9-1-1

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