Murder suspect nabbed after high-speed chase
June 24, 2013
An Oceano murder suspect led San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase that ended in Guadalupe on Sunday.
Sheriff investigators discovered Joseph Munoz, 35, traveling in a car driven by Cassandra Deleon, 24, of Santa Maria and attempted to pull over the vehicle, but Deleon sped off reaching speeds of 70 miles an hour.
Santa Maria police assisted in the pursuit that lasted more than 20 minutes and stretched over 27 miles.
Deputies had been searching for Munoz, a person of interest in an altercation that turned deadly on Friday night. Joseph Padilla, 25, of Nipomo died from injuries he sustained during a fight in Oceano on the 1300 block of 19th Street.
Deputies arrested Deleon on probation violations and booked her into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. She is being held without bail. Deleon also faces a felony evading arrest charge in Santa Barbara County.
Munoz is being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail on flash incarceration. Under realignment reform, people can be placed on post release community supervision rather than traditional probation. The penalty for violating the terms of post release is flash incarceration which amounts to no more than 10 days in jail.
Investigators have not yet charged Munoz with murder.
Another passenger in the car, Stacy Araujo, 42, of Santa Maria was detained and released, sheriff officials said in a press release.