DATE/ TIME OF INCIDENT: Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11:15pm
LOCATION: Stater Bros. Market, 4059 Phelan Rd., in Phelan
SUSPECTS: Jesse Bransford Rogers, 21 years-old, of Lake Havasu
Justin Willis, 32 years-old, of Phelan
VICTIM: Male adult, 48 years-old
On Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11:55 pm, deputies responded to the report of a carjacking from the parking lot of Stater Bros, 4059 Phelan Rd., in Phelan.
According to the victim, he was approached by the two suspects who asked him for a ride and money. He told them he would not give him a ride and he did not have any cash. One of the suspects brandished a handgun, both suspects then got in to the victim’s vehicle and drove away. They were last seen going east in the victim’s 2000 Mercedes SUV.
At approximately 12:20 am on April 23, 2019, deputies received a call regarding a car fire at the intersection of Sundown Drive and Lime Road in Phelan. When deputies arrived, the fire department was already on scene, and the car was fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle was confirmed to be the victim’s Mercedes.
Deputies were able to locate shoe impressions in the dirt and followed the tracks to a residence on Sundown Drive. After making contact at the residence and a subsequent investigation, Justin Willis was arrested for Carjacking and warrants. The second suspect, Jesse Rogers ran out the back door when deputies arrived.
Justin Willis was booked at High Desert Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $300,000.00 bail. Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jesse Bransford Rogers.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Detective J. Collins at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, Phelan Sub-Station, (760) 995-8781. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Staci Parks
Station: Victor Valley
Report # 071901328
Phone No: 760-552-6845
JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department