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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



DATE/TIME:  Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4:16 p.m

 

INCIDENT:    Homicide Investigation

 

LOCATION:   North Star Trail X Big Morongo Canyon Road, Morongo

 

VICTIM:          Robert Verbeck, age 74, Morongo

 

SUSPECT:    Chad Leyburn,  age28, Morongo



Summary

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 4:16 p.m., Morongo deputies and fire personnel responded to the intersection of North Star Trail and Big Morongo Canyon Road when a citizen called 911 to report a possible stabbing.  Verbeck was found deceased in the roadway from apparent stab wounds.

                              

A second citizen told deputies he saw a man in bloody clothing nearby, and directed them to Leyburn’s residence.  Leyburn was in his yard and attempted to flee on foot when deputies arrived.  Leyburn resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Gary Hart, or Sergeant John Gaffney, 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 www.wetip.com.

 

Refer:            Public Affairs Division

 

 

Phone No.     (909) 387-3700



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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