Fight between Rialto roommates leads to death

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff

Posted:   06/08/2012 01:23:50 PM PDT
RIALTO – A fight between roommates ended with the death of a 49-year-old disabled postal worker and the other man suffering stab wounds, police said Friday.Police came to the 2900 block of North Orange Street at 4:19p.m. Wednesday and found Juan Tulio Valens dead from upper body trauma.

“It looks like he was probably choked to death,” said Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

Police said Valens’ roommate, William Michael O’Connor, 37, had been taken into custody by Rialto officers on May 17 and was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

After he returned home Wednesday, O’Connor got into an argument with Valens, who was on leave from the San Bernardino Postal Distribution Center in Redlands due to a medical disability, DeAnda said.

Valens grabbed a kitchen knife and began stabbing O’Connor in the head, and O’Connor fought back, fatally injuring Valens, police said.

Paramedics took O’Connor to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. He was expected to survive, authorities said.

Valens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the District Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine whether any charges should be filed against O’Connor. Reach Melissa via email or call her at 909-386-3878.

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Man and woman shot in Rialto


Posted:   06/09/2012 06:12:56 PM PDT

A man and a woman were both shot in the leg at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Park, police said.Both victims were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to treat their wounds, which are not life-threatening, said Sgt. Andre Shourds.

Police are still collecting information on the shooter and the circumstances, he said.

“We just know there was a bunch of people there, and some kind of altercation that turned into a shooting,” Shourds said.

Some further information was collected but is being kept to protect the investigation, he said.

He said he didn’t know the names or ages of the two victims.

Ferguson Park is at the corner of West Casa Grande Drive and North Alder Avenue in Rialto.