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Murder Arrest in Twentynine Palms

March 8, 2020

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, March 5 at 5:41 p.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies responded to calls of about man walking in the 1200 block of Morongo Road neighborhood armed with a gun.

Deputies arrived in the area and the armed man, later identified as Josh Simon (36 of San Bernardino), went inside the residence and refused to exit.

At nearly the same time, deputies received a secondary call reporting a female, Beatriz Guzman (35 of Twentynine Palms), down in the road next to a vehicle in the area of Power Line Road west of Morongo Road. Deputies and medical personnel responded to the female and found she was suffering gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead.

A short time later Simon surrendered to deputies without further incident.

Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation.

Detectives learned that the suspect and victim have been in a dating relationship and that sometime on Thursday, for reasons still under investigation, the suspect shot the victim. Detectives interviewed Josh Simon and following the interview he was arrested for Murder. He was then booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

No additional information is available for release at this time. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Abernathy, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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