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Two arrested in San Bernardino parking lot fight death

By in Press Enterprise on January 13, 2018

By Craig Shultz

Police have arrested two people in connection with the killing of a 46-year-old San Bernardino man in a fight last week.

James Baltierra and Sylvia Smith were arrested in connection with the death of Anthony Hernandez on Jan 5, according to a tweet from San Bernardino police homicide supervisor Emil Kokesh.

The SBPD Homicide team has arrested James Baltierra and Sylvia Smith for the homicide of Anthony Hernandez on Jan 5th. More info in the AM.

— Emil Kokesh (@SBPDHomicide) January 13, 2018

Police said Hernandez was walking with his girlfriend near Chestnut Street and Rancho Avenue around 9 p.m. when a white vehicle pulled up to the duo. The male driver stopped in a parking lot, exited his car and approached Hernandez, a news release from Kokesh said.

“The suspect and the victim were briefly involved in a fight. During the fight, the suspect produced a handgun and fired one time, striking and killing the victim,” the release stated.

Based on witness accounts, the male suspect was accompanied in the vehicle by a female with blonde hair.


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