Armed, Dangerous Suspect Remains at Large

Detectives are searching for an armed and dangerous suspect who is wanted for a murder in Hesperia and a strong arm robbery in Apple Valley. The whereabouts of Phillip Williamson, 37 years old of Hesperia, are unknown. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

On Friday, Aug. 30, at approximately 10 a.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department investigated a strong robbery and suspicious circumstances at a residence on Wisconsin Street. The victim, Brian St. John, 76 years old, reported that the suspect, Phillip Williamson, confronted him at his home and allegedly forced St. John to give him several hundred dollars and a handgun.

The victim advised deputies that the suspect told him to look inside the vehicle he was driving, a white Hyundai, as there was a deceased female inside. The victim believed there was a body partially hidden inside the vehicle. The suspect then fled in the Hyundai.

Through investigation, deputies determined Williamson lived in Hesperia. Deputies from the Hesperia Police Department responded to Williamson’s residence in the 19100 block of Yucca Street and found evidence of a struggle and secured the location. Based on this information, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for Phillip Williamson.

Sheriff’s Specialized Investigators, Homicide Detail and the Specialized Enforcement Division (SED) responded to assist in the investigation.

At approximately 10:40 pm, the white Hyundai was located abandoned in a dirt field near Wisconsin Street in Apple Valley. Brandi Michelle Jones, 35 years old, was found deceased inside the vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies reported that Jones was a resident of Hesperia. The coroner’s office reported that she was a resident of Victorville. Investigators have determined that both victims knew the suspect prior to the incidents.

Phillip Williamson remains outstanding and is considered armed and dangerous. No additional information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Detective James Tebbetts at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.