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Teen Girls Arrested in Connection to Yucaipa Killing

The 14 and 15-year-old suspects were detained after allegedly crashing into a gas station in Arizona.

Two teen girls were arrested on Friday in connection to a shooting death in Yucaipa, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

Officers from the Yucaipa Police Department found the body of 24 year-old Ruben Franco Jr. with an apparent gunshot wound while investigating the case of a runaway 14-year-old girl. Homicide detectives were soon brought to the scene, where they noticed a 15-year-old girl was missing from the residence, along with the victim's car, the sheriff’s department said.

The two girls are friends who knew the victim, according to Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Hours later, detectives received a report that the girls crashed the vehicle into a gas pump at a station in Buckeye, Arizona. The girls were then detained and sent to Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino, according to the department.

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