Santa Paula man arrested Saturday for Oxnard murder

March 03, 2006
Santa Paula News

Santa Paula Police assisted Oxnard Police special weapon officers in arresting an area resident suspected of stabbing a man to death early on Saturday.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesSanta Paula Police assisted Oxnard Police special weapon officers in arresting an area resident suspected of stabbing a man to death early on Saturday. The 22-year-old Oxnard man died shortly after he received multiple stab wounds that stemmed from an argument at a home, according to an Oxnard Police Department spokesman.Emmanuel Romero Manzano was stabbed at about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of North Roosevelt Avenue. Manzano, the married father of a 2-year-old child, had been with friends at the home when an argument started that escalated into a fight. Manzano was stabbed several times in the chest during the altercation. Manzano was taken in a private vehicle by friends to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, but he died about 30 minutes later.
Witnesses at the home told Oxnard Police investigators that the man who stabbed Manzano left the house and drove away after the attack. The witnesses identified the suspect as Elijio Castro, 29, of Santa Paula.Oxnard and Santa Paula police – who were in the midst of preparations for the Amgen Bicycle Tour to pass through the city - searched for Castro throughout the early hours of Saturday morning. Castro was found and arrested for suspicion of murder at about 10 a.m. Saturday after he left a home on South 8th Street. He was arrested without incident.Castro was booked into Ventura County Jail late Saturday and is being charged with murder. The stabbing was not gang- or drug-related, according to the Oxnard Police spokesman.



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