Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Friday February 1st, 2019 :: 11:02 a.m. PST


A suspect wanted for armed robbery in Needles was also wanted for various crimes, including murder, in other states

DATE/TIME: January 24, 2019/ 12:25 a.m.

INCIDENT: Armed Robbery

LOCATION: 1400 block of J Street, Needles

SUSPECT: Joseph Martinez-Berryhill, 34 years old, resident of Phoenix, Arizona

On January 24, 2019 at 12:25 a.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to Motel 6 located in the 1400 block of J Street in Needles for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Deputies arrived on scene and determined the female victim was struck on the head and her purse was stolen. The victim believed the weapon used to strike her was a handgun. The suspect fled in a vehicle towards the I-40 freeway.

Through continuous investigation, the suspect was identified as Joseph Martinez-Berryhill, 34 years old from Phoenix, Arizona. On January 28, 2019, Joseph Martinez-Berryhill was arrested in Henderson, Nevada for an additional robbery. Joseph Martinez-Berryhill was also a suspect in an armed robbery in Kingman, Arizona that occurred hours before the robbery in Needles. After Joseph Martinez-Berryhill was arrested in Henderson, Nevada, it was discovered he had an active warrant for a murder in Phoenix, Arizona. Joseph Martinez-Berryhill was interviewed by detectives from the Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department and the Kingman Police Department for armed robbery. Martinez-Berryhill remains in custody in Clark County, Nevada.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective T. Preston at the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department at (760) 326-9200. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME(27463) or leave information online at

For press releases, news and information follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at: @CORiverStation

Refer: Detective T. Preston

Station: Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 211900071

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

Navigate & Discover