VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- Neighbors in a typically quiet neighborhood of the Lake View Ridge Community were shocked when a swarm of police vehicles and a Sheriff’s helicopter invaded the area on Tuesday night.
At about 9:50 PM., on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, dispatch received a report that a male had shot his mother inside of a residence.
Police responded to the residence located on the 17500 block of Electra Drive and discovered a woman’s body inside and immediately started a manhunt for the suspect identified as 29-year-old Robert Hernandez, who was feared to be armed.
Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators have determined that, for reasons unknown, Robert Hernandez shot his mother, 49-year-old Judy Merejil, then fled to a neighbor’s house where he shot himself.
David Armstrong spoke exclusively with Victor Valley News and shared his story about the series of events that transpired. Hernandez and Armstrong were not only neighbors but someone he considered a friend.
“He walked over to my house drunk and I invited him inside. At that time I didn’t know he had a gun on him,” said Armstrong. The two men spoke and that’s when Hernandez told Armstrong he and his mother had an argument and he shot and killed her.
“When he told me he had shot his mom, I was in denial. He was drunk and I didn’t know what to think. I tried to get him to give up the gun. He said he wasn’t going to prison, and he said he wanted to kill himself. I tried to talk him out of it but everything happened so quickly. As I was kneeled down in front of him pleading with him to give me the gun, police came through the door and asked him to drop the weapon. That’s when he just shot himself. Everything happened in slow motion and police escorted us out”.
According to Armstrong, Hernandez leaves behind a wife who is 5 months pregnant and four little girls. Armstrong also shared that Hernandez had a rough childhood and was raised by his grandmother. “His mom had just recently moved in to live with him and his wife. He was super protective over his children and this is unbelievable. Thing’s just went bad”, he continued to say.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Nick Hartleben at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.