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DATE/TIME:              Wednesday, September 6, 2018/8:57 am     UPDATE:  September 25,2018

INCIDENT:                Murder Investigation

LOCATION:             Near the roadway at Hwy 58 and Dixie Road, Hinkley

VICTIM:                     Jaime Hernandez, age 30 a transient of Barstow

SUSPECTS:            Vee Alaimalo, age 25 a resident of Barstow

Nicholas Yarbrough, aka TS, age 28 a resident of Barstow

SUMMARY:              UPDATE:  September 25, 2018

Following an extensive investigation, homicide investigators identified the suspects responsible for the death of Jaime Hernandez to be Vee Alaimalo and Nicholas Yarbrough.

On September 10th, deputies from the Specialized Enforcement Division, assisting Homicide Investigators with the investigation, located the suspect Nicholas Yarbrough in Barstow.  Yarbrough was taken into custody, transported and booked into the Barstow Jail for murder.  He was later transported to the High Desert Detention Center where he remains in custody without bail.

On September 12th, officers from the Phoenix Arizona Police Department conducted a records check on the vehicle belonging to Vee Alaimalo at a motel in Phoenix.  A Phoenix SWAT Team responded to the motel and were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.  Alaimalo is awaiting extradition back to California where he will be booked for the murder of Jaime Hernandez.

Investigators have determined that the suspects and the victim were known to each other; the motive for the murder remains under investigation.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail, Detective Oscar Godoy at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.

On Wednesday, September 5th, at approximately 8:57 am, deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Hwy 58 and Dixie Road following the report of a deceased person at the location.  Deputies confirmed the victim was a deceased male.  Deputies requested the assistance of the Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail.

Investigators responded and assumed the investigation.  The victim was identified as Jaime Hernandez.  At this time, no suspects have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

Refer:             Detective Oscar Godoy or Sergeant Steve Pennington

Station:          Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No.     (909)387-3589

Case No.       DR#081801249        H#2018-086

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department