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Murder Investigation Update

Post Date:09/02/2016 9:59 AM




(760) 256-2211

(760) 256-2215 (fax)





OFFENSES:                               MURDER INVESTIGATION

CR NUMBERS:                          16-3566


DATE OF CRIME:                       Tuesday, August 16, 2016


DATE OF PRESS RELEASE:      Thursday, September 1, 2016


VICTIMS:                                   Roger Renteria, 61-Year-Old, Hispanic Male Adult


SUSPECTS:                               Joaquin Gibson Jr., AKA Sneaky, 23 Years Old

                                                     Eric Blocksom Jr., AKA LIL E, 24 Years Old

Detective Andrew Reyes

CASE AGENT:                           Detective Andrew Reyes





On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at approximately 3:50 A.M., Barstow Police Officers were dispatched to the Handy Car Wash, 1221 E. Main Street, regarding a shooting that just occurred. Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim, later identified as Roger Renteria, suffering from a gunshot wound.


Barstow City Fire Medic Engine #361 arrived on scene and pronounced Renteria deceased. The detective division assumed the investigation. After an extensive investigation, Joaquin Gibson Jr., AKA Sneaky, and Eric Blocksom Jr., AKA LIL E, were identified as the suspects responsible for the murder of Renteria.


On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Blocksom and Gibson Jr. for the murder of Renteria.


On Thursday, September 01, 2016, Detectives received information that Eric Blocksom was hiding in an apartment in the 200 block of Yucca Avenue. Detectives went to the complex and confirmed that Blocksom was inside of an apartment at the Suncrest Apartments, located in the 200 block of Yucca Avenue. Several Barstow Police Officers, Detectives, and officers from the San Bernardino County Probation Department established a perimeter around the location. Officers conducted evacuations of those residents occupying apartments in close proximity to the incident.


The Barstow Police Department Special Response Team responded to the scene. Officers from the Crisis Negotiations Team attempted to make contact with Blocksom in the apartment however, no contact was made. Negotiators continued to direct Blocksom to exit the apartment. After approximately three (3) hours Blocksom exited the apartment and surrendered to officers. He was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment and conducted a search for further evidence related to the murder investigation.


Eric Blocksom was later booked at the San Bernardino County Barstow Jail for PC 187(a) – Murder


Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Andrew Reyes at the Barstow Police Department, (760) 255-5183.  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


Albert Ramirez Jr.

Chief of Police



Andrew Espinoza Jr.

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