Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING MOTHER’S HOUSEGUEST BY STABBING HIM IN THE CHEST
SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana man has been charged with murdering his mother’s houseguest by stabbing him in the chest with a pocket knife. Saul Jose Salazar, 27, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting $1 million bail at Salazar’s arraignment today, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
In October 2010, 33-year-old Antonio Verdugo-Cabrera was staying at the home of a family friend, Salazar’s mother, in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of having been served with a restraining order barring him from going near his mother based on prior violence toward her. On two occasions in the three days prior to the murder, Salazar is accused of violating the restraining order by showing up at his mother’s house.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2010, Salazar is accused of becoming angry with Verdugo-Cabrera. He is accused of having an altercation with the victim in front of his mother’s home and murdering Verdugo-Cabrera by stabbing him one time in the chest with a pocket knife. Salazar is accused of then fleeing the scene.
The defendant’s mother called 911 and the Santa Ana Police Department responded to the scene. While officers were investigating the murder, Salazar is accused of returning to the scene to turn himself in. He is accused of being in possession of a bloody knife.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.