Five people arrested for the murder of six citizens found in the California desert

All suspects were booked for murder and are being held without bail.

The San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's Office reported that they arrested five people for the murder of six citizens found last week in a remote location in an area of ​​the desert. The victims were found with gunshot wounds and burns.

"It was determined the six victims had been shot. Additionally, four of the victims were partially burned," the office explained.

In that sense, the office explained that, on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, it received a 911 call from Franklin Noel Bonilla. The man claimed he was shot, but could not give his location.

"Sheriff’s Dispatch determined the call was made from the area of Lessing Avenue and Shadow Mountain Road in the unincorporated area of Adelanto. Sheriff’s personnel immediately responded and upon arrival, five deceased individuals were located. A short time later, Franklin was located deceased nearby," the office said.

Likewise, the authorities detailed that the investigations concluded that those involved in the case stayed in that place for a marijuana transaction. "Five subjects, identified as Toniel Baez-Duarte, Mateo Baez-Duarte, Jose Nicolas Hernandez Sarabia, Jose Gregorio Hernandez Sarabia, and Jose Manuel Burgos Parra, arrived at the location and for reasons still under investigation shot the six victims. Multiple search warrants were served during the investigation, several firearms and additional evidence was located" the office detailed.

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, the suspects were located and arrested. All suspects were booked for PC 187-Murder and are being held without bail.

The office asked people who have information about the case to contact authorities. "Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME," the office said.