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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 5, 2019/7:12 p.m.

INCIDENT: Murder Investigation

LOCATION: West Valley Detention Center, Rancho Cucamonga

SUSPECT: Lager George Reid, age 22 a resident of Compton

VICTIM: Robert Vernon Sutton, age 58 a resident of Los Angeles

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at approximately 7:12 pm, while serving dinner to inmates, deputies observed the victim, Robert Vernon Sutton, down in his cell. Deputies entered the cell and immediately rendered emergency life-saving measures; medical staff arrived within minutes and continued CPR. Emergency fire and AMR personnel responded and transported the victim to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 8:10 pm. Robert Sutton was housed in a two-person cell with the suspect, Lager George Reid.

Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators responded to the detention center to conduct the investigation. Investigators have determined that the victim and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation prior to the victim falling to the floor.

The suspect, Lager George Reid was arrested on March 3, 2019, for PC243(D) Battery with Serious Bodily Injury and booked into the High Desert Detention Center and was later transported that same day to West Valley Detention Center. The victim, Robert Vernon Sutton was arrested on February 1, 2018, for PC211 Robbery and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

No additional information is available for release at this time. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Charles Phillips at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at (800)78-CRIME or

Refer: Detective Charles Phillips or Sergeant Steve Pennington

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. DR#341900410 H#2019-020

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