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Inland Empire: Sheriff’s HOPE Helps Homeless Mother And Children

Staff Reports

Victorville – On Thurs., June 25, HOPE Team Deputies were contacted by Jeremy George from the Victor Valley Rescue Mission in reference to a woman, Tijuana Franklin, who came to their shower program at the Victorville Fairgrounds. Franklin informed George of her current situation – living in her car with her 11-year old son and 9-month old daughter.  Franklin is a single mother who simply cannot stretch her income over the course of a whole month. She was staying in a hotel up until recently, when her money ran out.
Franklin had been pursuing assistance on her own for several weeks, working with the homeless housing navigator at the Transitional Assistance Department. She was told, however, that this program will not have funding until after July 1. The HOPE team immediately began contacting area service providers, as they could not allow Franklin and her children to live in their car any longer.
HOPE Deputies contacted several organizations that did not have room, but were lucky when Catholic Charities in Apple Valley stepped up and were willing to help. Franklin was extremely appreciative of the help and was guided to their office, where she completed the necessary paperwork to be assisted. Deputies made sure that she had plenty of diapers and formula and was directed to seek help from the Rescue Mission when critical items become needed again. Franklin was reluctant to ask for help and was very thankful for this opportunity she was given.
The HOPE Team is thankful for people like George, who refers the needy to the HOPE Team and truly has the heart for the less fortunate population. A big thank you also goes to Alejandra Diaz at High Desert Catholic Charities, who really came through when nobody else could. Diaz called Deputies to confirm that Franklin will be housed and to thank the Sheriff’s Department for bringing them together.

Murder In Victorville

Photo Courtesy:  DMV Murder victim, Alberto “Jimmy” Felix

Photo Courtesy: DMV Murder victim, Alberto “Jimmy” Felix

By Claire Lewis

Victorville – On Tues., Mar. 17, deputies from the Victorville Police Department received a report on a possible missing person.  Alberto “Jimmy” Felix, 34, of Victorville, had not been seen or heard from since that previous Sunday.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the suspicious nature of the investigation led detectives to involve the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division.  On Wed., Mar. 18, they looked into a residence in the 14300 block of Cactus Drive in Victorville.

At that time, evidence suggested that Felix had been murdered.  The Specialized investigators and homicide personnel worked with the Sheriff’s Aviation Division, using both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters to investigate leads and specific locations, and their diligence soon paid off.

On Thurs., May 21, the Team served a search warrant at an Apple Valley residence, where they were led to a shallow grave in the desert, just northwest of the Town of Apple Valley.  Human remains were found and recovered from the grave.

On Fri., May 22, those remains were positively identified as Felix; an autopsy is in progress to determine the cause of death.

Suspects Zachary Barron, 23, of Victorville, and Anthony Tapia, 32 of Apple Valley, were arrested for the murder of Felix, and booked into the High Desert Detention Center without bail.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Ed De La Torre or Sergeant Robert Warrick 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 website at www.wetip.com.