|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF2004
July 6, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
FUGITIVE CHARGED WITH 4TH OF JULY ROBBERY AND STABBING-MURDER OF 67-YEAR-OLD MAN
SANTA ANA – A fugitive wanted for murder in Santa Cruz County has been charged with the stabbing murder of a 67-year-old man following a robbery on the 4th of July. Felipe Jesus Delgado, 21, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and in the commission of a robbery, and one felony count of robbery. If convicted, the defendant faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty. Delgado is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Friday, July 6, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
The defendant has a homicide warrant for his arrest in Santa Cruz County.
On the night of July 4, 2012, Delgado is accused of approaching 67-year-old Daniel Rowlett outside of a business on Olive Street in Anaheim. The defendant is accused of robbing the victim of his wallet and then stabbing him over a dozen times in the legs and chest before fleeing the scene on foot.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department (APD), who investigated this case, responded to the scene after receiving a call regarding a possible traffic accident. Rowlett was found by officers bleeding in the driver’s seat of his truck and was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Delgado is accused of leaving a trail of blood from the crime scene to his home on Julianna Street in Anaheim, which APD officers followed to locate the defendant. When contacted at the home by officers, Delgado is accused of wearing bloody socks, having bloody clothes on the bedroom floor, and having a fresh cut on his hand. The defendant is accused of being in possession of the murder weapon, a folding knife, which was hidden under his bed.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.