On Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 4:15 a.m. deputies responded to the 11200 block of 3rd Avenue for a report of a shooting. Deputies arrived and found the victim, Christian Ruiz, suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel transported Ruiz to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Detectives from the Homicide Detail responded to conduct the investigation. Detectives determined that Ruiz’ girlfriend was sleeping in a trailer on the property when she woke to the sound of gunshots and found Ruiz down on the floor. Information received during the investigation identified Andrew Espinoza as the suspect in the shooting.
On Friday, January 8, 2021, Detectives with the Specialized Enforcement Detail (SED) located Espinoza in San Bernardino and arrested him without incident. SED also arrested Vanessa Amaya. The suspects were booked for murder and are expected to be arraigned on January 11, 2021 in Victorville Superior Court. Amaya is being held at West Valley Detention Center on murder and accessory charges and is scheduled for arraignment on January 12, 2021 in Victorville.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Adrian Bustamante, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.