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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Residential Burglary

DATE/TIME:            October 11, 2013/10:05 a.m.

LOCATION:             31300 block of Verde, Lucerne Valley 

SUSPECTS:             Michael Rios, age 33 of Lucerne Valley

                                 Frank McGrath, age 42 of Lucerne Valley (remains outstanding)

                                 Celeste Campellone, age 29 of Lucerne Valley


On Friday, October 11, 2013, at approximately 10:05am, Deputy John Parks responded to the report of a residential burglary in progress in the 31300 block of Verde.  The alarm company notified Sheriff’s Dispatch that there had been an audible alarm at the residence and the owner of the residence was now following a white van that had been leaving the residence at the time of the alarm activation.


Deputy Parks, with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Aviation Division and deputies from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station, located the van at the Ace Motel in Lucerne Valley.  When Deputy Parks attempted to make contact with the occupants in the van, the driver of the van, later identified as Frank McGrath, attempted to run over Deputy Parks as he fled the location. 


Deputies contacted Celeste Campellone who was in the motel room with her 5 year-old son.  Campellone lied about the identity of the suspects, McGrath and the passenger of the vehicle later identified as Michael Rios.  Campellone impeded deputies’ investigation and continued give deputies false information.  It was later learned that Rios was her husband and the father of her child. 


Deputies were unable to locate McGrath or Rios.  Deputy Parks obtained a $100,000.00 warrant for the suspects.  Campellone was arrested for accessory to a crime and an outstanding warrant for grand theft.  She is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center.  The child was turned over in to the custody of Child Protective Services. 


On Saturday, October 12, 2013, Deputy Dan Garcia developed information that Michael Rios was at the Coyote Loco Restaurant in Lucerne Valley.  Garcia went to the restaurant and arrested Rios without incident.  He is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.


Frank McGrath is still outstanding. He was last seen driving a white Ford Econoline Van with Florida plates.  The van has white wheels and traffic collision to the front and rear.  Anyone with information on McGrath’s whereabouts or information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy John Parks at (760) 248-7655.  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:   Staci Johnson          


Station:  Victor Valley


Phone No:       760-552-6845  



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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