Homicide suspect dies in custody in San Bernardino County jail

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials have reported the third in-custody death this month, that of an inmate at the West Valley Detention Center.

On Saturday, deputies at the detention facility in Rancho Cucamonga found Guadalupe Gonzales, 33, of San Bernardino on his bed and unresponsive, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies and jail medical staff rendered life-saving measures on Gonzales until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Despite medical aid rendered by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department and American Medical Response, Gonzales was pronounced deceased.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded and are investigating. The cause and manner of death are pending the SBC Sheriff-Coroner’s investigation.

Redlands Police Department officials on Feb. 24, 2021, arrested Gonzales on suspicion of murder. He was booked at the WVDC.

Kyle Medlen

On July 6, deputies at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto discovered inmate Kyle Medlen, 52, of Barstow unresponsive in his cell, sheriff’s officials reported.

Jail medical staff responded and determined Medlen was deceased. Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division also responded and assumed the investigation.

On July 5, Medlen had been arrested by Barstow Sheriff’s Station deputies on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon/not a firearm, authorities said.

During the booking process, Medlen reported numerous health conditions and was receiving medical treatment. The exact cause of death will be determined by the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office once an autopsy is completed.

Frank Olivas

On July 4, deputies and medical staff at the WVDC provided medical aid to inmate Frank Olivas, 71, of Placentia after he intentionally fell from the second floor of a housing segment, sheriff’s officials said.

American Medical Response and the RCFD also responded to the scene and transported Olivas to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

It was discovered that Olivas had suffered multiple injuries from the fall. At 10:25 pm on July 7, he was pronounced deceased. Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division responded and began an investigation.

Officials with the Chino Police Department arrested Olivas on June 25 on suspicion of sexual contact with a child under 10.

He was booked in at the WVDC where he was being held on $2 million bail.

Anyone with information about one or more cases is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 909-890-4904. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz

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