San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: December 23, 20163:19 p.m.

INCIDENT: In-Custody Death Investigation

LOCATION: 84000 block of 12th Street, Trona

SUSPECT: Jonathan Barrio, 35 years old (DOB:04/10/81), resident of Trona


On Friday, December 23, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. the Trona deputy was called to the 12th Street location reference an unwanted subject. The deputy arrived and made contact with Jonathan Barrio, who matched the description of the unwanted subject. Barrio appeared to be under the influence. The deputy attempted to arrest/handcuff Barrio, when Barrio became combative. Barrio was eventually placed in the back seat of the patrol car and he was hobbled. Barrio experienced a medical emergency and stopped breathing. Medical aid began immediately and he was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Ridgecrest. Barrio was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sheriff’s Specialized Investigators were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted by Kern County Coroner Officials to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Detective Nick Clark 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

Refer: Sergeant David Johnson or Detective Nick Clark

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. DR#291600171H#2016-101

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700