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DATE/TIME: April 28th, 2019 / 03:04 p.m.


LOCATION: 56300 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): Jose Banuelos, 31-year-old resident of Burbank
VICTIM: Alexa Castillo, 30-year-old resident of Glendale


On Sunday, April 28, 2019, at approximately 03:04 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, responded to the 56300 block of Twentynine Palms Highway, in Yucca Valley for a female subject being injured in a parking lot. The female, later identified as Alexa Castillo, was transported to an area trauma center for multiple injuries.

Through investigation, deputies learned Castillo was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Jose Banuelos, remained at the scene. Banuelos was arrested and booked into the Morongo Basin jail for driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm. Castillo later died from her injuries at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. The case was forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office. On April 30, 2019, Banuelos was arraigned for the charge of murder.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Detective A. Pennington or Deputy R. Singh
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Case #: 231900764
Phone No. (760) 366-4175

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