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Monday January 29th, 2024 :: 05:46 p.m. PST


UPDATE: Investigators Arrest Five Suspects in the Homicide of Six Men in the Rural Desert Area Outside of Adelanto

DATE/TIME: January 23, 2024, 8:16 p.m.

INCIDENT:  Homicide Investigation

LOCATION: Lessing Avenue and Shadow Mountain Road, Unincorporated area of Adelanto, CA

SUSPECT(S): Toniel Baez-Duarte, 34-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Apple Valley
                        Mateo Baez-Duarte, 24-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Apple Valley
                        Jose Nicolas Hernandez-Sarabia, 33-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Adelanto
                        Jose Gregorio Hernandez-Sarabia, 34-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Adelanto
                        Jose Manuel Burgos Parra, 26-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Adelanto

VICTIM(S): Baldemar Mondragon-Albarran, 34-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Adelanto
                   Franklin Noel Bonilla, 22-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Hesperia
                   Kevin Dariel Bonilla, 25-year-old Hispanic Male, Resident of Hesperia
                   45-year-old Hispanic Male - Release of Identity Pending Next of Kin Notification
                   Unidentified Hispanic Male Adult
                   Unidentified Hispanic Male Adult

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at approximately 8:16 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from Franklin Noel Bonilla. Franklin stated he had been shot but was unable to give his location. Sheriff’s Dispatch determined the call was made from the area of Lessing Avenue and Shadow Mountain Road in the unincorporated area of Adelanto. Sheriff’s personnel immediately responded and upon arrival, five deceased individuals were located. A short time later, Franklin was located deceased nearby.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded and assumed the investigation. It was determined the six victims had been shot. Additionally, four of the victims were partially burned. Through extensive investigation, investigators determined the victims had arranged to meet at the location for a marijuana transaction. Five subjects, identified as Toniel Baez-Duarte, Mateo Baez-Duarte, Jose Nicolas Hernandez Sarabia, Jose Gregorio Hernandez Sarabia, and Jose Manuel Burgos Parra, arrived at the location and for reasons still under investigation shot the six victims. Multiple search warrants were served during the investigation, several firearms and additional evidence was located. 

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, the suspects were located and arrested. All suspects were booked for PC 187-Murder and are being held without bail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Michelle Del Rio, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 890-4904. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Michelle Del Rio or Sergeant Michael Warrick

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 890-4904

Case No. DR# 072400318 / H#2024-005

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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