A Los Angeles murder suspect who was accidentally released from prison about three weeks ago was arrested Monday, officials said.
Steven Manzo, 24, was arrested after a car park in Cypress in Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles, the Sheriff County Department said.
His release on March 9 led to a search and closure of a highway in downtown Los Angeles that day. The sheriff’s department said Manzo’s release was not his fault and was in line with a court order for his release.
Manzo, who was arrested in March 2020 and charged with shooting dead a 24-year-old man in Long Beach in 2018, was released from custody after the Los Angeles County Regional Attorney’s Office said the case was dismissed for technical reasons and was immediately investigated.
Salvador Corrales was found with serious injuries in a car in Bell Gardens, north of Long Beach, but police said they believed the two men were arguing in Long Beach which led to the incident.
The district attorney’s office said that on March 8, the prosecutor dismissed and cleared the case against Manzo and two others who were charged with time constraints.
Manzo was not taken to court for the crime and two other people, who are accused of drug offenses, refused to be given time to postpone the hearing, the office said.
“The next day, the prosecutor knew that the accused had been released and warned the authorities,” the DA office said earlier this month.
But how the error occurred remains unclear.
The Los Angeles Sheriff County Department, which oversees prisons operations, dismissed the allegations as baseless. A picture of what he said was a court order for Manzo’s release was posted on Twitter.
Long Beach is a town located in the Los Angeles area south of Los Angeles County.
Manzo was arrested after members of a fugitive group saw him enter a Nissan Sentra with other people in Buena Park, the police department said.
That Nissan was followed to Cypress, near Buena Park, and the police there and the fleeing staff made it “a great place to put cars in great danger,” the police department said. According to the department, U.S. police Marshals Service and Long Beach have collaborated in a “deep search” for Manzo.
Manzo was booked in Long Beach and arrested on $ 4 million bail, Long Beach police said.
Yasmeen Arellano, 22, was also arrested and registered with the same number after that, the case will be presented to the district attorney later this week for consideration, Long Beach police said.