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Hesperia man sought in 3 San Bernardino County slayings is arrested in Mexico

A fugitive sought for almost a year in the slayings of three San Bernardino County residents has been arrested in Mexico, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s investigators provided information to the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force that Phillip Williamson was in Ensenada. Williamson was arrested without incident as he left a residence on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Williamson was transported to detectives at the United States/Mexico border and later was booked at West Valley Detention Center for murder. Williamson, a 37-year-old Hesperia resident, was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Ranch Cucamonga.

Williamson on Friday pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder and one count each of grand theft of a firearm, second-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Superior Court in Victorville, online records show.

He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Williamson also has a warrant out for his arrest in Orange County, when he is suspected of being under the influence while driving a vehicle for hire with a passenger inside.

On Aug. 30, 2019, Brandi Jones, 35, was found slain in her car in a dirt field in Apple Valley. That same day, a resident of the 20100 block of Wisconsin Street in Apple Valley reported that someone had forced him to give him money and a gun. Investigators said they believed Williamson was responsible for both crimes.

Then on Sept. 3, deputies conducting a welfare check at a home in the 9000 block of C Avenue in Hesperia found the bodies of Jason Culberson, 43, and Melissa Graetz, 37, inside. Investigators said they believed Williamson killed them.

On Sept. 9, the Sheriff’s Department said, someone — they believe Williamson — set the Wisconsin Street house ablaze.

Source: Orange County Register

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