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Manhunt underway for Hesperia suspect who killed woman then burglarized an Apple Valley home

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a manhunt for a murder suspect who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The suspect, Phillip Williamson, 37, of Hesperia, is accused of murdering 35-year-old Brandi Jones, also of Hesperia, and transporting her body in the back seat of a car to a second home where he conducted an armed robbery.

It happened on Friday, August 30, 2019, at about 10:00 am when Apple Valley sheriff’s deputies responded to the 20000 block of Wisconsin Street to investigate a strong-armed robbery and a suspicious circumstances call.

According to a sheriff’s news release, a 76-year-old male victim told police Williamson confronted him at his home and forced him to give him several hundred dollars and a handgun. 

“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 release.

Williamson then fled the location in the Hyundai and has not been seen since.

(Brandi Jones Facebook)

At approximately 10:40 pm, the white Hyundai was located abandoned in a dirt field near Wisconsin Street in Apple Valley. The victim, Brandi Jones, was found deceased inside the vehicle, officials said.

Prior to the vehicle being located, evidence led detectives to Williamson’s address in the 19100 block of Yucca Street where evidence of a struggle was found, officials said.

According to a previous VVNG.com article, in 2017, Hesperia deputies responded to the same house on Yucca Street after Williamson was accused of kidnapping his two children at gunpoint from a nearby park and then engaging in a stand-off with authorities at the Yucca Street address.

“Williamson reportedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim saying he was going to take his children, then put the children in his vehicle and fled the location,” authorities said in a 2017 press release.

According to court records, Williamson was sentenced in September 2017 to two years, with a credit of 37 days served for various charges including Assault With Firearm On a Person, Felon/Addict/Etc Possess Firearm, Criminal Threats which will Result in Death or GBI and more.

Court records showed Williamson had a court date scheduled for a violation of parole and PC273.6(A)-M: Violate Court Order to Prevent Domestic Violence.

Through investigation, investigators have determined that the suspect was known to both victims prior to the incidents.

Sheriff’s officials said Phillip Williamson remains outstanding and is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911.

No additional information is being released at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective James Tebbetts at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News Group)

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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