Victorville Man Captured After Allegedly Killing Girlfriend and Her 2 Children

The 35-year-old suspect allegedly dumped the victims' bodies in a desert area, according to deputies.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

A Victorville man accused of murdering his girlfriend and her two children and dumping their bodies in the desert was captured in Colorado, officials said Thursday afternoon.

Around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was called to a home on Ferndale Road. Responding deputies "discovered signs of a struggle inside."

When they arrived, Louis Gabriel Lucero and his girlfriend, Erlinda Villareal, were nowhere to be found.

Around 5:30 p.m. that same day, a person off-roading in the desert area of Waalew Road and Corwin Road in Apple Valley discovered three bodies.

Homicide detectives determined that Villareal and two boys -- ages 9 and 12-years-old -- left the Ferndale home with Lucero, were murdered at an unknown location and dumped in the desert.

The names of the two children have not been released.

Lucero was considered armed and dangerous while on the run, and believed to be driving a silver colored 2008 Ford Explorer, CA license 6HCF706.


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He was ultimately arrested in Eagle County, Colorado on an unrelated charge, sheriff's officials said. He was being held on the warrant for murder, and was expected to be extradited to San Bernardino County, California.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact law enforcement immediately at 909-387-3589.

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