San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 8, 20169:49 p.m.

INCIDENT: Murder/Suicide LOCATION: 17000 block of Electra Dr., Victorville VICTIM: Judy Merejil, 49, Pinon Hills SUSPECT: Robert Hernandez, 29, Victorville


On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 9:49 p.m. Victorville deputies were called to the Electra Dr. residence for a possible shooting. Deputies arrived and found the victim deceased inside the residence. As deputies were beginning their investigation, an off-duty deputy reported a man with a gun at a nearby residence. Additional deputies responded to that location and made contact with a male subject, later identified as Robert Hernandez, who was armed with a handgun. Deputies ordered Hernandez to put down the gun. Hernandez immediately shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Investigators have determined that, for reasons unknown, Robert Hernandez shot his mother, Judy Merejil, then fled to a neighbor’s house where he shot himself. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available for release. 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 Refer: Sergeant John Gaffney or Detective Nick Hartleben Station: Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations – Homicide Detail Phone No. (909)387-3589 Case No. 171602949H#2016-018

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