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Suspect arrested in 2003 slaying in San Bernardino

August 17, 2011 | 11:25 am

187 Suspect Bobby Ladelle (photo date 12-09-2003) A suspect was arrested this week in the 2003 killing of a San Bernardino man in front of his wife and stepchildren at the family’s barber salon, authorities said.

Bobby Ladelle, identified by police as a gang member, was arrested Tuesday in Albany, Ore., in connection with the slaying of Ernesto Cervantes, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Cold-case detectives took on the case this year and after several interviews were able to identify Ladelle, whom they believe to be one of the men involved in the shooting, authorities said.

Cervantes was outside the family business on Mother’s Day in 2003, selling flowers and gifts with his stepson, authorities said. The two saw three men enter the salon with weapons and demand cash from Cervantes’ wife and other stepson.

Cervantes entered and confronted one of the men, authorities said. During the confrontation, Cervantes was fatally shot before the suspects fled in a white Chevy Caprice.  

Anyone with information about the case or other unidentified suspects is asked to call investigators at (909) 387-3589.


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Photo: Bobby Ladelle, a suspect in 2003 slaying. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department