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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


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


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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