Upland Man Arrested After Discovery of Three Bodies at Ontario Home

The slayings of three at an Ontario home might be connected to a home invasion-robbery, police said

By Jonathan Lloyd, Robert Henry and Craig Fiegener
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:43 PM PDT
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Police have arrested a man in connection with a triple murder in Ontario. Now we're learning more about the suspect, and Ontario police believe drugs played a role in the killings. Craig Fiegener reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on November 27, 2012.

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Police have arrested a man in connection with a triple murder in Ontario. Now we're learning more about the suspect, and Ontario police believe drugs played a role in the killings. Craig Fiegener reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on November 27, 2012.

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Ontario Police Investigate Triple Murder

Investigators say they have ruled out murder-suicide in the case of a man whose body was discovered in the driveway of an Ontario home and two others found inside the residence. Beverly White reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2012.
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A 34-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after three people were killed in what police described as a botched home invasion-robbery that turned into a shootout in Ontario.

Steven David James Carter of Upland was arrested in connection with the slayings Monday in the 1000 Block of South Magnolia Avenue (map). The home showed evidence of a marijuana grow operation, police said.

Two Carter's alleged accomplices were shot dead, police said. Aaron Philip Andrews, 25, of Upland was found dead in the driveway, and Albert Lamar Thomas, 25, was found dead inside the home, according to police.

Brandon Perez, 31, of Ontario, was also found dead inside the residence. He appeared to be the target of the robbery, police said.

It's unclear who shot whom, police said.

Marijuana and equipment to grow it were found in the home, police said.

Carter will be charged with three counts of murder and booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

CORRECTION: This story was changed Wednesday to reflect -- incorrectly -- that Albert Thomas was a victim and target of the robbery. In fact, police allege Thomas was an accomplice, as was originally reported. The story has been corrected.

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