Suspects Named in 1989 Murder of La Puente Man

After nearly 23 years, two Central California men may answer for the death of 56-year-old Herbert Santos.

After nearly 23 years, San Bernardino County District Attorney officials have named suspects in the 1989 murder of a La Puente man.

Ruben Abad, 47, of Santa Maria, and Anthony Christopher Solis, 45, of Lompoc, are suspected in the fatal stabbing of 56-year-old Herbert Santos.

Abad faced a San Bernardino Superior Court Judge on Jan. 2 at a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial, DA officials said.

Santos was found dead on March 1, 1989 off Stoddard Road in Victorville in San Bernardino County’s High Desert, Sheriff’s officials said. The killer had stabbed him repeatedly, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office.

Several pieces of evidence were collected at the time, including fingerprints, but no suspects were tied to the crime, officials said.

The case was reexamined in Oct. 2011 and the fingerprints and blood evidence was resubmitted for analysis, Sheriff’s officials said. The results came back in 2012 and tied Solis and Abad to the crime.

Abad, who was in Bakersfield at the time, was taken into custody in May. Solis was also interviewed in May but was already serving a sentence for a separate homicide at Chino State Prison.

Abad is scheduled to be back in Victorville Court on Jan. 15, according to jail records.

Barbara Tahir January 03, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Ummm...........editors still sleeping off the New Year's champagne? 1989 to 2013 is not thirteen years. It would be going on twenty four years. Which makes this even more of an achievement for our police department. Hurray for them! You can bet they knew it was twenty four years.
Melanie C. Johnson January 04, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Hi Barbara. I don't drink, but hanks for pointing out the error. It has been changed. :-)
Gina Tenorio January 04, 2013 at 06:51 AM
That's funny Barbara. Not really drinker in light of all the alcoholism I've witnessed. For some reason I stupidly thought I was calculating a different year. But thank you so much for kindly pointing out the error.
Barbara Tahir January 04, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Anytime! I often find these type of mistakes in books, newspapers, etc.. My family calls me the underground editor. Happy New Year!


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