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Temecula man slain in Victorville motel room; 1 suspect and baby later found dead on I-15

Temecula man slain in Victorville motel room; 1 suspect and baby later found dead on I-15

A woman who authorities believe helped rob and kill a Temecula man in a Victorville motel room on Monday was along with an infant child found dead two days later on the 15 Freeway east of Baker, both apparent victims of a hit-and-run.

And an Oklahoma man who was found wandering along the 15 on Wednesday was arrested on suspicion of murder in the motel slaying, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

The names of the woman and child, and the victims of the motel attack — the 56-year-old slaying victim and a 31-year-old male assault victim — have not been publicly announced. The homicide suspect was identified as Calvin Pittman, 43, of Tulsa. The weapon used in the slaying was not described.

The Sheriff’s Department gave this account of the crimes:

About 8:40 p.m. Monday, deputies investigating a fight at the motel in the 16900 block of Stoddard Wells Road found the Temecula resident unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The deputies learned that a man and woman — pushing a stroller with a baby in it — had entered the motel room and robbed and attacked the occupants and fled in one a victim’s rental car.

Then about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer who was traveling north on the 15 south of Cima Road saw a woman lying in the freeway and the dead infant nearby. CHP officers later found the stolen vehicle in a ditch nearby.

Shortly after that discovery, the CHP received a report of a man walking south on the 15, about a mile from the crash scene. That man was Pittman, who was detained and turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.

Pittman was interviewed and arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sheriff’s investigators say they believe the woman and baby were trying to cross the 15 when they were hit by a semi-truck whose driver did not realize that two people had been struck. Investigators ask anyone with information on the collision to call Detective Gerardo Moreno at 909-387-3589 or to leave tips anonymously with WeTip at 800-782-7463 or the website at wetip.com.


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