The Watchdog: Two Separate Murders in San Bernardino
By Derek Obregon
It is nearing the end of the year and for many people, that means counting everyone on their Christmas list and making sure they’ve got a present for every person. Unfortunately, for one Inland Empire city, there will be 44 people who won’t get to share in the joy of Christmas because their lives were taken away.
Last year, San Bernardino had 47 homicides. And with just a few weeks left this year, the city has just counted its 43rd and 44th homicide thus far. A 57-year-old homeless man was one of the two men found dead this past weekend.
He was found stabbed to death Sunday morning on the 2200 block of West Donald Street, police said. A passer-by noticed the homeless man lying on the ground in a small wash area. He determined the man lying on the street was deceased, so he called the police. Once police and fire personnel showed up, they determined the man’s death did not appear natural. The homicide unit was then called in.
“It does not appear [that the murder] occurred at that location,” said police Sgt. Gary Robertson. “Definitely based on what we have, a vehicle was used to transport that body to that location.” Police said the victim would frequent the northwest area of San Bernardino, but that is not the area where his body was found.
The victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. He was wearing black denim pants and a brown jacket, and he had a tattoo on his left shoulder that read “turbo.”
His body was discovered in an area easily mistaken for a walkway, but it’s actually a wide gutter. A resident reported hearing dogs barking and a car door slamming at around 1:30am, reported Robertson.
He has since been identified as 57-year-old Thomas Wayne Scholes.
There doesn’t appear to be any connection between this death and the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old San Bernardino man who was found Saturday night on the 500 block of West Evans Street. His name was Kameron Brandon Patterson.
Police heard gunshots around 10:35pm and when they went to investigate, they found Patterson lying face down on the sidewalk. He had been shot several times in the upper torso and was taken to St. Bernardine Medical Center, but died shortly after he arrived.
Patterson did not live in the area he was shot. He had just left the apartment of a friend he was visiting.
Police are still unsure why this killing happened because there is no indication that it is drug or gang related.
If for some reason you know any information about either of these victims, please contact the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5742.