Raymundo Alberto Rodriguez-Cordova, 22, was spotted by a citizen at 1:09 p.m. Thursday inside a business in the 25000 block of West Main Street. Cordova is expected to be booked for the murder of 40-year-old Bennett Warner, who was riding a bicycle and struck by a truck near Deluxe Cleaners in the 1000 block of East Main Street on Monday afternoon.
BARSTOW — The driver suspected of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run after an apparent argument and then fleeing the scene was arrested Thursday, Barstow Police said.
Raymundo Alberto Rodriguez-Cordova, 22, was spotted by a citizen at 1:09 p.m. Thursday inside a business in the 25000 block of West Main Street. Officers and detectives responded to the area, located a suspect matching the description and positively identified him as Cordova.
The day before, Cordova's truck was located by another citizen in the desert east of Stringham Park, in the 1600 block of Rimrock Road.
"Detectives responded to the area and confirmed that the vehicle was the suspect's vehicle," police said. "The vehicle was unoccupied."
Detectives and evidence technicians processed the scene and took the vehicle to headquarters to comb for further evidence.
Cordova is expected to be booked in jail for the murder of 40-year-old Bennett Warner, who was riding a bicycle and struck by a truck near Deluxe Cleaners in the 1000 block of East Main Street on Monday afternoon.
According to police, Cordova, driving an older model pick-up truck, approached Warner as he was riding his bicycle west on Main Street. Cordova allegedly exchanged words with Warner and a verbal argument ensued.
Police said that Cordova followed Warner into the Deluxe Cleaners parking lot, accelerated his vehicle and intentionally rammed Warner, forcing him into a parked vehicle.
After the incident, Cordova allegedly fled the scene south on Muriel Drive.
As part of their investigation, detectives reviewed surveillance video depicting portions of the collision.
Barstow Police detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact Detective Tom Lewis at 760-255-5187. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or visiting WeTip.com.