Wednesday, October 26, 2016

29 San Bernardino County Residents Arrested in Welfare Fraud Sweep


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– Twenty-nine people were arrested last week on outstanding warrants as part of a week-long welfare fraud sweep conducted in San Bernardino County.

“Last week we conducted another welfare sweep in San Bernardino County,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “We will hold those who cheat the system accountable for their actions and make sure that welfare funds remain available to those who are truly struggling and legitimately need public assistance.”

The alleged total of public assistance illegally obtained by the twenty-nine defendants was $245,269.00.

According to District Attorney Ramos, convicted offenders could face jail time and be ordered to pay restitution for the money received. Future sweeps will be conducted throughout all parts of San Bernardino County.

Members of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Ontario Police Department, Upland Police Department, Fontana Police Department, Rialto Police Department, Colton Police Department and the San Bernardino County Human Services Department, assisted in the investigations and participated in the sweep.

To view of video segment covering a portion of the welfare fraud sweep that took place Thursday, click here:

Welcome to the newest member of our team!

Deputy District Attorney Emily Williams was sworn in last week. She will be assigned to the Desert-Mountain Division.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

District Attorney’s office kicks off national #WhyIAmAProsecutor campaign


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office kicked off the national “Why I Am A Prosecutor” campaign today.

The campaign, which is supported by National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), is designed to highlight the ethics, integrity and commitment of prosecutors across the nation.

“This video campaign is another way for us to connect with our community, the people we represent in court,” said San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, who is also the current president of NDAA. “Every day I come to work and I am fortunate to be surrounded by hardworking, dedicated public servants who fight for victims and ultimately do their best to achieve justice in every case. I want our community to know what I know, to see it for themselves as much as they can through the videos. We, too, are members of this community and we care about each and every victim. We care about public safety, and we care about doing our jobs in a manner that is ethical and respectful of every person who enters the courtroom or comes into contact with our office.”

The first video in the ongoing series was released today—using the hashtag #WhyIAmAProsecutor—on the following social media channels:



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Protecting the Environment

Great work by DDA Rick Lal and Investigator Steve Rivera who secured a conviction of Dennis O’Meara for the Unlawful Storage of Hazardous Waste.

Family of Glendora teen killed in 1976 confront killer before life sentence

Larry James Allred, center, is joined by Public Defender Yarrow Neubert, right, as he receives a life sentence in the 40-year-old murder of Cynthia May Hernandez on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the San Bernardino County Justice Center in San Bernardino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun, SCNG)
SAN BERNARDINO >> Seeing the man who kidnapped and killed her daughter in 1976 sentenced to life in prison, Gloria Densham on Monday said she felt her family finally received the justice they deserved.

Larry James Allred, 62, was sentenced Monday for the first-degree murder of Glendora resident Cynthia May Hernandez, who disappeared Aug. 26, 1976, when she went to catch a showing of “The Omen” at a Covina theater.

Densham brought a picture of her daughter and spoke at the sentencing.

“I really don’t have the words to tell you what the last 40 years have been like,” Densham told the court. “I have missed her every day of the time she’s been gone and I’ll keep missing her until I die.”

She said Cindy loved God and her family unconditionally and her family loved her right back.

“Her life was taken violently and senselessly,” Densham said. “No mother should have to bury her daughter after only 18 years of life, it’s against the laws of nature and man.”

Hernandez’s aunt, Gwendolyn Cameron, in a letter read by the prosecutor to the court called Allred a monster, and prayed he will never be able to walk the streets again.

When Allred finally spoke, he apologized to the victim’s family.

“I’m sorry,” said the former Hacienda Heights and Walnut resident. He agreed with the victims that he was a monster at the time of Hernandez’s murder.

Allred, who pleaded guilty last month to the murder, wished someone had committed him earlier to a mental facility. He said Monday he pleaded guilty against his counsel’s advice because he wanted to bring the case “to a speedy conclusion.”

Allred said he’s ailing and doubted he would live long. He has had two heart attacks; he pondered why someone like him would be brought back after the second.

“I think this is why,” Allred said. “To bring closure.”

Under 1976 laws, Allred is eligible for parole after seven years. San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Richard Peel said he felt shame knowing that Allred will be up for parole after such a short time, despite the life sentence.

Densham said she’ll “be here in seven years” for Allred’s parole hearing.

Hernandez’s remains will be turned over to her family for burial. She said she didn’t believe Allred’s apology, and admitted she hates him.

“There’s no forgiveness there,” she said. “I tried.”

On Aug. 26, 1976, Hernandez went to see “The Omen” by herself at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina.

Her family members searched the theater after she didn’t come home. That’s where they found her 1963 Chervolet station wagon backed into a parking spot, with Hernandez nowhere to be seen.

No one knew at the time that she crossed paths with Allred, who had already been convicted in 1975 of raping a woman in San Bernardino County. Three years later, he was found guilty of kidnapping and raping two teenage girls.

Allred admitted he committed three more rapes for which he was never caught, and told detectives he liked to hunt his victims. Detective Patty Ruiz of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide Detail said those victims have not been found.

“‘The hunt’ was the more gratifying part of the act,” Ruiz said. “Our county is where he would take them.”

In 1976, Allred lived in Hacienda Heights and owned an auto detailing shop in West Covina, according to Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum. He didn’t know Hernandez.

“He pulled up next to her in the (theater) parking lot. He had a knife,” Yoakum said. “He forced her into the back of the pickup.”

Allred told authorities he put the knife down to tie up Hernandez. The teen fought back.

“He panicked and strangled her,” Yoakum said.

Allred wouldn’t say if he raped Hernandez. Yoakum said Allred drove to the San Bernardino Mountains where he buried the body in a shallow grave across the road from his family’s cabin in Twin Peaks.

On Oct. 14, 1976, a dog dug Hernandez’s skull from the grave near the Allred family cabin. The dog’s owner saw the skull between the animal’s paws and turned it over to authorities, Yoakum said.

The skull was initially thought to be from a Native American burial ground, she said.

More than a year later on a Saturday in December 1977, Jerome Ringhofer, a captain with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, got a call from a sheriff’s detective in Los Angeles County. The investigator told him three men, one of whom turned out to be Allred, were suspected of taking two girls ages 16 and 17 to the Twin Peaks cabin, where they were held against their will and raped.

Los Angeles County crime lab personnel sent to the scene also told Ringhofer there was a grave in the forest. He went up to the site with search and rescue personnel and volunteers.

“After searching around the graveside and not finding anything else, I went back to the cabin which was being searched,” he said. “I crawled underneath the porch. That’s when I found the bones.”
Ringhofer found five ribs. They were turned over to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

Yoakum said the two other suspects in the rapes of the teens would later tell investigators that Allred wanted to get rid of the victims, and showed the two men the ribs. He told them he had killed a Mexican girl.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Veterans Donations Drive

SBCPAA is supporting a Veterans Donations Drive scheduled to take place between October 31 and November 4Donations will be accepted at various District Attorney, Public Defender, and Child Support offices.  See the attached images for details about this worthwhile event.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Better Way Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach

A Better Way Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach held a candlelight vigil Friday night outside Victorville City Hall to mourn, honor and remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence.

The annual event is always held during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Fermin spoke at the event on behalf of the District Attorney's Office.

Other events related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month have also taken place across the county. Last week, Desert Sanctuary held an Open House and members of the District Attorney's Office were in attendance.

On Friday October 7th the “Roar Against Domestic Violence” Motorcycle Ride was held by the 29 Palms MCCS (Marine Base). San Bernardino County District Attorney Joshua Tree Office assisted in the event by manning a “stop” at the Morongo Basin Courthouse. Victim Advocate Iris Robertson, Sr. Investigator Kevin Ford, Investigative Tech Bianca Ralston, CHP and San Bernardino County Sheriff Department personnel participated in the event. 

Sheriff Service Specialist Robert Anderson explained to the Marines what happens when a suspect is arrested and booked into jail. 

Victim Advocate Iris Robertson provided information on services offered to victims as well as explaining court procedures. 

Sheriff Deputy Jimmy Delgado shared employment possibilities with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department.

Victim Advocate Iris Robertson and Sr. Investigator Kevin Ford

Deputy Delgado and Victim Advocate Iris Robertson speaking to the Marines

Group photo Marines and support personnel (including DA and Sheriff)