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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

INCIDENT: In-Custody Death Investigation

LOCATION: High Desert Detention Center

VICTIM: Armando Padilla, 56 years old, resident of Victorville

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. deputies at the High Desert Detention Center were alerted that inmate Armando Padilla was having a medical emergency. Medical staff requested an ambulance to transport Padilla to Victor Valley Global Medical Center for treatment. At 10:14 a.m. Padilla was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division responded to conduct the investigation. An autopsy will be conducted by the Riverside County Coroner to determine the cause of death.

Armando Padilla was arrested on March 24, 2017 and booked for Lewd & Lascivious Acts with a Child, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, probation violation and Resisting a Peace Officer.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is being released at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Gardea, Specialized Investigations Division at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Michael Gardea or Sergeant Scott Thies

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. 601900125 H#2019-108

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department