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Stepson Stabs, Kills Stepfather, Calls Police 

Robert Rosser Jr.

SAN BERNARDINO – Police arrived at an apartment complex to discover a man had been stabbed, watched the suspect flee and then chased him down to take him into custody early Sunday morning. It was the suspect who had called police.  Robert Rosser, Jr., 23, was arrested at 1:57 a.m. after San Bernardino police responded to a call over a fight that had taken place at an apartment at 1390 North Sierra Way.

Sgt. Gary Robertson, San Bernardino Police spokesman, said that it was the suspect, Rosser, who had initially called to report a fight that he had been in with his stepfather, Freddie Bell, 64. “The suspect had called the police,” said Robertson, “to report that he had been involved in a fight with his stepfather and then stabbed him.”

Police arrived at the scene, watched Rosser leave in a car, then followed him on city streets. Police then stopped the vehicle and took Rosser into custody, said Robertson, “without incident.”

The apartment complex is located close to downtown San Bernardino, north of West Baseline St., a major artery that could have created a difficult task for law enforcement to quickly track down the suspect if they had arrived later at the scene. When police returned to the apartment, Bell was discovered dead from multiple stab wounds, said Robertson. Rosser was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on charges of murder.

While the current investigation is continuing, detective Josh Cunningham reported that Bell and Rosser had a strained relationship. “The reason for the stabbing,” said Robertson, “has not been determined.”

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