LENWOOD — A man accused of intentionally ramming his vehicle into another man, causing fatal injuries, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, authorities said.
Abelardo Reyes Jaramillo, 50, of Barstow, was placed behind bars after San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials say he deliberately hit Larry Tortes, 35, also of Barstow, with his vehicle late Tuesday.
Tortes died of his injuries early Friday morning, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to the 25000 block of West Main Street at 9:52 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a vehicle-vs-pedestrian collision. After quickly determining it was an “assault with a vehicle,” authorities said deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station were requested to investigate.
“Detectives determined there was an argument that escalated to a fight between Jaramillo and Tortes,” officials said in a statement. “Detectives believe Jaramillo deliberately hit Tortes with his vehicle and then left the area.”
Authorities launched a homicide investigation after Tortes died. Jaramillo was arrested Friday afternoon in the 220 block of East Mountain View Street, according to booking records. Authorities said he was taken into custody without incident.
He remains in custody at the Barstow Sheriff’s Station jail with no bail, booking records show, and is scheduled to appear in court at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Further details weren’t provided Friday.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Homicide Detail Detective Jonathan Woods at 909-387-3589. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.