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Armed and Dangerous Fugitive Sought in Three San Bernardino County Killings

Already wanted for the Aug. 30 death of a woman in Apple Valley. a 37-year-old man is now suspected in two other slayings

A 37-year-old fugitive wanted in connection with the slaying of a San Bernardino County woman has been linked to the killings of two other people in inland Southern California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that the suspect, Phillip Williamson, knew all three victims. The exact relationships were not disclosed. 

The department said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Williamson was wanted in the death of 35-year-old Brandi Jones, who was found dead in her car in a dirt field in Apple Valley on Aug. 30. A mug shot of Williamson was released in that investigation, but authorities said Williamson might have shaved his head and facial hair since then. 

In an update Wednesday, the sheriff's department said investigators believe Williamson also killed 43-year-old Jason Culberson and 37-year-old Melissa Graetz. Deputies on a welfare check Sept. 3 found the couple dead inside a home in Hesperia. 

Williamson also is suspected in an arson at a residence Aug. 30.

Anyone with information about his location can contact investigators at 909-387-3589.

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