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JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS
Deputies and detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Apple Valley station gather at a home in the 155000 block of Chole Road, where a dead body was found Wednesday morning. On Friday, sheriff's officials identified the man as a suspect in a burglary the week before.

Man found dead on AV porch linked to burglary

Elderly homeowner shot at three intruders one week earlier

APPLE VALLEY • A week after an elderly man shot at three intruders in his Apple Valley home, a warrant was issued for one burglary suspect, another was arrested and a third was identified as the man whose body was found on the back patio of a nearby residence.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to a home near Chole and Symeron roads at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday, following reports of a dead male body on the back porch, according to a press release Friday from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

After some investigation, the dead man was identified as Hesperia resident Steve Fragoso, 37. Officials identified him as one of the suspects in a Dec. 6 burglary in Apple Valley, according to the release.

During that incident, an elderly homeowner fired several rounds at three intruders he discovered burglarizing his home.

“One of the guys moved toward me, so I put one right by his ear,” the homeowner previously told the Daily Press. “Another guy came running down the hall and I fired three shots at him.”

At the time, the homeowner did not believe that any of his shots had hit the intruders, who escaped through the door and windows, according to previous reports.

When deputies responded to the scene, they were unable to find one of the rounds the man fired but were also unable to find any traces of blood.

No suspects were arrested in connection with the burglary until after Fragoso’s body was located in Apple Valley on Wednesday. According to officials, he appeared to have been laying on the back patio of a residence for several days. However, officials didn’t say whether they believed Fragoso had died as a result of being shot by the elderly man.

Following a full day of investigation, Nathan White, 29, of Apple Valley, was arrested at 7:43 p.m. on Wednesday for felony charges of murder and violating community supervision, according to arrest logs. California has a felony-murder rule, which states that a defendant can be charged with murder if anyone is killed during the act of committing the felony.

During White’s arraignment in court on Friday, he was charged with burglary and grand theft with a firearm in connection with the Apple Valley burglary. White is being held at the Victor Valley Station with bail set at $175,000 and will next appear in court on Christmas Eve.

Suspect Charles Colwell is being charged alongside White. He has not been arrested and there is a warrant for his arrest, according to court records.

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