Son of victim in Hemet double homicide arrested

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HEMET (CNS) – The 41-year-old son of a victim in a double homicide in Hemet was arrested today on suspicion of murder.

Quintin McCracken of Hemet was located and taken into custody without incident during the predawn hours in San Bernardino and later transferred to the Hemet City Jail. Bail information was not immediately available.

According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, McCracken was identified as the alleged perpetrator following an investigation that began immediately after the victims were located about 11 p.m. Monday in their house in the 5000 block of Corte Cerro, near Via Rivas.

Authorities have not confirmed their identities, saying only that the male victim was in his 70s, and the female victim in her 60s. Miller did not say whether McCracken was the son of the woman or the man, only that he had been living with them.

Patrol officers were sent to the location for a welfare check because the victims had not been in touch with friends and family for an unspecified period, leading to concerns, Miller said.

There was no word on exactly how they died.

“Investigators are still working on figuring out what led up to this tragic incident that rocked the otherwise quiet community,” Miller said.

McCracken is a convicted bank robber and was released from federal prison last September after serving a 13-year sentence, according to Miller.

Anyone with information on the killings was asked to contact the police department at 951-765-2400.