Senseless Murder in Victorville
By Derek Obregon
Sheriff’s detectives need your help in stopping a criminal from getting away with murder. The incident happened earlier this month when a 26-year-old convenience store employee from Hesperia named Daniel Olivera was shot and killed while working.
The press release on Thursday showed surveillance video of a man that is considered a “person of interest.” Around 10:00pm on Aug. 11, Olivera was counting out his cash drawer for a shift change and the security guard stood watch by the door to keep the customers from entering the store until the count was over. This is the company policy. A 5-foot-6 Caucasian man with a medium build that’s believed to be between the ages of 25 to 35 approached the store. Olivera is not done counting, so the man isn’t let in by the security guard. The man becomes irate and begins to argue with the security guard. The unknown man walks to his 2005-2013 white, 4-door Toyota Tacoma truck with a bumper sticker on both rear quarter panels that reads, “TRD Racing Development.” This all happened outside of the AM/PM in Victorville at 15730 Roy Rogers Dr. Police want to stress that this man is not a suspect; he is just a person of interest that they would like to question further about the matter.
Around 10:40pm after the altercation is when medical personnel were called to the scene. Olivera was shot once in the chest while standing outside talking to the security guard. Some witnesses heard a single shot being fired, but no one saw the shooter. Mr. Olivera was a hard working man that was engaged to be married and left behind four young children. His fiancé, Janet Cruz, said she lost everything once he was gone.
This seems like a senseless act of violence that needs some justification. Not only for Mr. Olivera, but for his wife and so that his kids can rest assured knowing that justice was served. If anyone has any more information, you are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Detective Matthew Peterson at (909) 387-3589. You can also remain anonymous by calling the We-tip hotline at 800-78-crime or by leaving information at www.wetip.com. ARCO is also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this senseless murder.