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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:    Thursday, October 31, 2013

Incident:    Murder/Arson Investigation

Location:    20000 block of Outer Highway 18, Apple Valley

Suspect(s):    Aaron Smith, 37-year-old resident of Reseda

Victim(s):    Unidentified male


On Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department- Apple Valley Station served a search warrant at a residence in the 20000 block of Outer Highway 18, in the town of Apple Valley.  The search warrants were related to a theft/fraud investigation being conducted by deputies.  When deputies were securing the residence and its occupants, they observed a male subject run from a side door.  The male was taken into custody a short distance away and identified as Aaron Smith. 


Deputies quickly discovered a fire in the area of the residence where Smith had run from.  Deputies removed the detained occupants from the residence.  The occupants told deputies that everyone was accounted for and out of the residence.


The fire quickly engulfed the entire residence and the Sheriff's Arson/Bomb Detail was requested to conduct an arson investigation.  Arson investigators discovered the charred remains of a male   in the room where the fire started, and Smith had run from.   The Sheriff's Homicide Detail was requested to conduct the death investigation.  Smith was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for a parole violation. 


After days of investigating this crime, Investigators booked Smith for murder and arson. The confirmed identity of the deceased male has not been made and is pending dental record examination.  


The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Joe Steers 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 Hotline at



Refer:            Sergeant Chris Fisher or Detective Joe Steers


Station:          Homicide Detail


Phone No.     (909)387-3589


 Case No.      181306557 H#100-2013

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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