Local arrested for alleged murder in Mesa Verde: Court hearing scheduled for Oct. 7

“On Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 8:25 (a.m.), deputies responded to the 17500 block of Palowalla Road in Blythe’s unincorporated area for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Deputies arrived and found the involved persons left the area. Shortly thereafter, deputies received information a victim had been taken to an area hospital for injuries due to the assault. Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the victim died due to his injuries.”

On Oct. 3, 20-year-old Blythe local Brandon Jesus Hernandez was arrested in the unincorporated area of Mesa Verde, 17500 block of Palowalla Road, by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station for an alleged felony violation of Penal Code (PC) section 187(a) murder, as well as two alleged misdemeanor violations of Vehicle Code (VC) section 12500(a), driving without a license and VC section 2800.1(a) evading.

Hernandez had a morning court date hearing scheduled for Oct. 7, and remained in custody with no bail amount listed for the felony homicide charge.

“On Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 8:25 (a.m.), deputies responded to the 17500 block of Palowalla Road in Blythe’s unincorporated area for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Deputies arrived and found the involved persons left the area. Shortly thereafter, deputies received information a victim had been taken to an area hospital for injuries due to the assault. Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the victim died due to his injuries.”

The victim was identified as 22-year-old Blythe local Victor Hernandez.

“Investigators from the Colorado River Station and the Central Homicide Unit responded and have assumed the investigation. The investigation identified the suspect as 20-year-old Brandon Hernandez of Blythe,” stated the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “The victim and suspect are not related.”

According to jail information, Brandon Jesus Hernandez was arrested at 10:29 a.m. on Oct. 3, formally booked at 3:53 a.m. on Oct. 4, and held with no bail for the alleged felony homicide charge.

Due to the case being an ongoing investigation, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is unable to release the 20-year-old suspect’s booking photo or further details:

“This is an active investigation, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Investigator Hernandez of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Barron at the Colorado River Station at (760) 921-7900.”

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