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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Police, U.S. Marshals Nab S.F. Homicide Suspect on Eastern Seaboard

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge The SFPD has found its man -- but who will find the municipality of 'Delaware, Maryland'?
  • The SFPD has found its man -- but who will find the municipality of 'Delaware, Maryland'?
Are San Francisco cops trying to put a good foot forward now that new Police Chief George Gascon is in town and vowing to improve the city's poor murder clearance rate?

One could be forgiven that impression with the news this morning that homicide detectives had traced the suspect in the murder of a 32-year-old woman in the Mission Bay neighborhood all the way to Maryland (we think -- more on that in a moment), where he was arrested with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Manuel D. Castro, 31, was booked into the San Francisco County Jail Wednesday at 1 a.m., police said in a statement. He has been charged with homicide and remains in police custody.

The body of his alleged victim, Ena Canales, was found in a parked SUV at about 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2009, on the 800 block of Terry Francois Boulevard, south of AT&T Park. She was the city's 32nd homicide victim.

Just one question about this cross-country investigative effort, with its connotations of one-armed-men and Tommy Lee Jones. Where, exactly, was Castro apprehended? The police statement on his arrest states that he was taken into custody in "Delaware, Maryland." We can't seem to find this town on any maps, though the states of Delaware and Maryland do border each other.

We put a call in to SFPD to clarify this and will let you know when we hear back.

Photo   |   Matt From London

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