Escondido, California’s Richard Colin Holbrook stabbed Palm Dessert’s Nicole Henderson?


Richard Colin Holbrook, 21, of Escondido, San Diego County, California, United States has been arrested. He was charged with murder and using a weapon during a felony.

Holbrook is accused of fatally stabbing Nicole Henderson, 33, of Palm Desert, Riverside County, California. At around 3:30 p.m. on October 27, 2019, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called about an assault with a deadly weapon.

The deputies found Henderson with significant trauma to her body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 3:40 p.m., the deputies arrested Holbrook. They found him near the intersection of Sunrise Lane and Abronia Trail in Palm Dessert.

Richard Colin Holbrook (©Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Richard Colin Holbrook (©Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Holbrook was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Riverside County. His bail was set at $1 million.

On October 28, 2019, Holbrook’s relationship with Henderson remained under investigation. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy Mike Vasquez said, “We can say the victim and suspect knew each other but the exact nature of their relationship is still being looked into.”

On October 29, 2019, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said investigators are awaiting results of an exam from the Riverside County coroner’s office to determine the cause of Henderson’s death. On October 30, 2019, Holbrook arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, Riverside County.


Incorporated on October 8, 1888, Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. The city is 40 miles from the Mexican border.

It was the Luiseño or Payómkawichum, an indigenous people of California, who first settled the Escondido area. It was primarily an agricultural community.

Paul McNamara is the incumbent mayor of Escondido. On November 6, 2018, he defeated Sam Abed in the general election.

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