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House that murder suspect drove woman’s body to catches fire Monday in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( – A house where a man was recently strong-armed by an at-large murder suspect, caught fire Monday morning.

At 6:55 a.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Apple Valley Fire responded the 20100 block of Wisconsin Street and found the home engulfed in heavy fire and smoke.

Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Jodi Miller told Victor Valley News that Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson team responded and are conducting the investigation.

On August 30th, detectives responded to the home after an elderly was robbed for several hundred dollars and a gun, as previously reported by VVNG.

Sheriff's bomb & arson responded to conduct the investigation. (Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News Group)
Sheriff’s bomb & arson responded to conduct the investigation. (Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News Group)

“The victim advised deputies that the suspect told him to look inside the vehicle he was driving, a white Hyundai, as there was a deceased female inside. The victim believed there was a body partially hidden inside the vehicle,” stated the article.

It’s believed that 37-year-old Phillip Williamson killed 35-year-old Brandi Jones in his home on the 19100 block of Yucca Street in Hesperia, then drove the body in a white Hyundai to the house on Wisconsin Street.

Murder victim Brandi Jones (left)

Later that night, on August 30th, deputies found the Hyundai nearby the home on Wisconsin Street with Jones’ body inside.

Officials said that Phillip Williamson knew both victims prior to August 30th, but did not confirm for how long, nor the relationship between the suspect and victims.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the suspect is believed to be targeting the home and searching for the elderly man’s son.

Williamson is still on the run and is considered by authorities to be armed and dangerous. Sheriff’s officials have not provided a possible motive for his crimes.

As of Monday morning, no injuries were reported in the fire.

(Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News Group)

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