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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Monday April 11th, 2022 :: 12:47 p.m. PDT


75-year-old Victorville Woman Victim of Homicide in Her Home

DATE/TIME: April 8, 2022, 3:19 p.m.

INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation

LOCATION: 15400 block of Topango Road, Victorville

SUSPECT(S): Joel Anano Algario, 59-year-old Victorville resident

VICTIM(S): Maria Padel Wetzel, 75-year-old Victorville resident

SUMMARY: On Friday, April 8, 2022, deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to a stabbing in the 15400 block of Topango Road. Upon arrival, they found the victim, Maria Wetzel, lying on the kitchen floor with apparent stab wounds. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail responded to conduct the investigation. 

The suspect was identified as Joel Algario, who was known to the victim. Algario was located a short distance from the scene and taken into custody. He was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for PC 187-Murder.

Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Detective Daniel Berumen, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Daniel Berumen or Sergeant Troy Mooradian

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3589

Case No. DR#172204072      H#2022-039

SHANNON D. DICUS, 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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