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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.       UPDATE: January 30, 2014


INCIDENT:    Homicide Investigation


LOCATION:  20000 block of Serrano Road, Apple Valley                  


SUSPECT:    Robert Pope, age 20  


VICTIM(S):     Ernie Sanders, age 22 a resident of Apple Valley  

                       Adult Female – confidential (remains in the hospital)


UPDATE: January 30, 2014


Through investigation, Homicide investigators have identified the suspect believed to be involved in the death of Ernie Sanders and the attempt murder of an adult female as Robert Pope.  Pope is believed to frequent the high desert.  Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. 


Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Mike Walker or Sergeant Rick Bessinger, at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.  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




Suspect Photo     Wanted Flyer 


ORIGIONAL RELEASE: January 28, 2014


On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department responded to the report of a shooting in the 20000 block of Serrano Avenue in Apple Valley.   Upon arrival, deputies located two victims, a male and female, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Medical personnel responded to the location, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.    The female was transported to a local area hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.


Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail responded to the location and are currently conducting the investigation.  The motive is under investigation, the suspect remains outstanding.


Refer:             Detective Mike Walker or Sergeant Rick Bessinger                 


Station:          Specialized Investigations - Homicide Detail                


Phone No.:    (909) 387-3589        


Case No.       DR #181400514 H #2014-011


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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