Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Police Investigate Triple Slaying in Banning; 2-year-old Bound and Gagged
Two women and a man were reported deceased inside a ground-floor living area of a two-story home at 12:20 p.m., Banning police Chief Leonard Purvis said at the scene on Phillips Avenue, just south of Williams Street.
Banning stands about 80 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Gorgonio Pass.
There was blood in the crime scene, and a 2-year-old boy was believed missing, Purvis said. He was located bound and gagged three hours later in a room in the same house, Purvis said.
"We were looking for him, and a vehicle was reported leaving the scene," Purvis said. "We feared he'd been abducted. We found him later in a room next to the bathroom."
The boy cried as law enforcement personnel and paramedics placed him on a wheeled gurney for ambulance transport.
Detectives were treating all three deaths as homicides, though a murder-suicide scenario had not been ruled out.