[UPDATED with Charges:] Maria Isabel Cerrillo, OC Homicide No. 46: Ex-Boyfriend Luis Antonio Garcia Morales Held in Stabbing

Categories: 2012 Homicides
See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on the charges and maximum punishment facing the ex-boyfriend of the deceased.

See Update Nos. 1-2 on police seeking the deceased woman's ex-boyfriend as a "person of interest" in the case and then arresting him for the murder.


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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 14, 8:35 A.M.: Santa Ana residents contacted police Tuesday evening after a woman's body was found in an alley between the 200 blocks of North Laurel and North Jackson streets.

The victim stabbed multiple times was later identified as Maria Isabel Cerrillo, a 21-year-old resident of Santa Ana but not that neighborhood, according to police, who do not believe at this point the slaying was gang-related.

See also:
Roman Nafarrate, OC Homicide No. 45: Shot to Death in Anacrime Alley
Macaria Finefield, OC Homicide No. 44: Convicted Fatal Stabber is Fatally Stabbed
Robert Jay Liken, OC Homicide No. 32: Parolee is Suspected Stabber

Calls came in to police around 7:45 p.m., and officers on the scene reported Cerrillo had been stabbed multiple times, either there or her body was brought there.

That is among the holes the police department is hoping will be filled by witnesses or people who knew the victim. Anyone with information is urged to call SAPD at 714.245.8665 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 or visit occrimestoppers.org. Tips can be left anonymously.


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UPDATE NO. 1, NOV. 15, 8:42 A.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department is seeking Luis Antonio Garcia Morales, 24, of Santa Ana, for questioning as a "person of interest" in the fatal stabbing of Maria Cerrillo.

But cops have not been able to find the deceased woman's former boyfriend, who reportedly told his employer Wednesday he had to leave for Mexico for a family emergency.

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Luis Antonio Garcia Morales
Here's why homicide detectives want to chat with him: family members say Cerrillo had tried to break up with Morales several times, but he would not accept it. She had moved on with her life and was about to become engaged to a man who resides in the Bay Area. And the kicker: Morales resides in the residential area where Cerrillo's body was found Tuesday evening.

Cerrillo's family is adamant Morales lured the woman to his home, stabbed her to death and dumped her body in the nearby alley, police say.

He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Morales' whereabouts is asked to call police at 714.245.8665.

UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 16, 8:16 A.M.: Luis Antonio Garcia Morales has been arrested for the murder of Maria Isabel Cerrillo.

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Luis Antonio Garcia Morales is booked.
Santa Ana Police investigators, acting on a tip, spotted Morales near First Street and Harbor Boulevard Thursday morning and arrested him without incident. He was jailed in lieu of $1.1 million bail because he is considered a flight risk.

Police discovered Morales sold his 1992 Toyota Camry Wednesday night to a Garden Grove resident, something investigators believe was done to raise cash to flee to Mexico.

Morales is a cook with no gang ties, but homicide detectives are working on the theory that he laid in wait and stabbed Cerrillo multiple times in the abdomen before leaving her body in an alley because she had spurned him romantically.

The Camry has been recovered, the murder weapon has not.

UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 19, 10:19 A.M.: Luis Antonio Garcia Morales has learned the charges against him (one felony count of special circumstance murder by lying in wait with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon) and the maximum punishment he faces with a conviction (life in state prison without the possibility of parole).

He'll get to make his first plea today, as the Orange County District Attorney's office just announced Morales had a 10 a.m. arraignment in the Central Jail in Santa Ana.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson of the Homicide Unit drew the straw to prosecute the case.

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14 comments
QueerRant
QueerRant

A Queer bear is a queer , end of story.

 

Chicken nuggets  are still chicken nuggets.

 

thebigpicture714
thebigpicture714

I dont get why all these white racist people come on here and talk shit on mexicans and all the homicides and crime, when they're just as bad. Have they forgotten about all the psychopath killers or what, Manson, Bundy, Dahmmer, all white, columbine shooting, virginia tech, the batman movie shooting, and many many more horrendous crimes commited, why must Santa Ana always be looked down on as a dump?

FFO1939
FFO1939

Rest in Peace Maris Isabelle Cerrillo killed by an animal who deserves to be shot in the head in front of her parents. Women don't deserve to be mistreated regardless of their background.

estefaniarendon
estefaniarendon

OMG I went to High School with this girl and heard this on the news yesterday but I did not really get the change to pay attention..omg wow I am very shocked my prayers go out to her and her family she loved singing Karaoke from what I know may she bless the skies with her voices.. 

johnrose7588
johnrose7588

Poor girl. Seems like anaheim latinos and santa ana latinos are in competition for homicides. Is gustavo giving a prize? Wtf? Latinos need to take responsibility for their children. Stop having 6 kids you cant control and have 2 kids that you can manage hopefully. Hell it shure would help the tax paying citizens here. Maybe if popi didnt hang out at the liquer store or in the garage with his compadres after work and instead read a book to your kids things would be a little better. And for those spanish speeking wabs out there, maybe you should take some english lessons and speak it around the house a little. Most wabs do it because they are lazy! Its to hard to learn another language. Bullshit. I am american of mexican decent and no way in hell will my kids get away with the shit these faggot gangbangers are doing out there. Gee i wonder if homicide number 47 is gonna be latino. Anaheim or santa ana?

brilynch1283
brilynch1283

 @johnrose7588 Actually you should check out an article from last week or the week prior, Im too lazy to post it since you are too lazy to actually read Gustavo (and know his view points), but he did make a call to Anaheim & SantAna Latinos to stop killing each other. Cheap shot at Gus...no bueno.. 

FFO1939
FFO1939

@GustavoArellano Yeah Baboso, supporting cholos who killed innocent people including women and children. Also, suppressing James Reade for expressing his Freedom of Speech. Hail Stalin Gustavo, the Hypocrite!!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @brilynch1283  @johnrose7588  "he did make a call to Anaheim & SantAna Latinos to stop killing each other. "

 

Shows just how 'influential' Gustavo is among his own. He's like Los Lobos, supposed Mexicans that only white people listen to.

johnrose7588
johnrose7588

@brilynch1283 wow brilybitch, you must be gustabos new lover! Get off his dick for a sec. I dont read every article that comes from gus. Most of his views are outlandish and dispicable. Now matt c. And scott m are what keep me reading the weekly. Gustabos writing skills match arnolds governating skills... shitty!

johnrose7588
johnrose7588

@Mitchell_Young @brilynch1283 lmfao mitchel

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