Murder suspect arrested after being mistakenly released from jail

Steven Manzo was released from jail due to a clerical error and is being sought by LBPD (Courtesy of LBPD)

A murder suspect mistakenly released from jail earlier this month was arrested Monday, March 29 in Orange County.

Steven Manzo, 24, of Hawaiian Gardens was arrested in Cypress during a traffic stop, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators observed Manzo entering a grey Nissan Sentra in Buena Park and followed the car to Cypress, according to the sheriff’s department. The investigators contacted the Cypress Police Department, who aided in stopping the Sentra.

Manzo was booked into custody at the Long Beach Police Department where he is being held on $4.09 million bail, according to the sheriff’s department

Manzo was released from jail on March 9, with a Long Beach police spokeswoman subsequently saying that it was determined that he “should not have been released.”

In a statement released the day after Manzo was released, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it “did NOT erroneously release a murder suspect yesterday from our custody.”

“LASD received an `Order For Release’ from the court, indicating the case was dismissed. As such, the department complied with the court order and processed the individual for release,” according to the statement. “Should you have any further questions about this incident or the circumstances surrounding it, please contact Long Beach Police Department or the District Attorney’s Office.”

The case against Manzo was dismissed on March 8 and the same five charges were immediately refiled under a different case number after Manzo was not transported from jail to court, where a hearing had been set to determine whether there was enough evidence to allow the case against him to proceed to trial, according to Ricardo Santiago of the District Attorney’s Office.

Manzo was ordered remanded pending arraignment on the new case March 23, and the prosecutor handling the case alerted law enforcement March 9 after becoming aware that the defendant had been released from custody, according to Santiago.

Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said her department “contacted LASD to assist with his apprehension. LASD set up a containment perimeter, but they were not able to take him into custody.”

Manzo was arrested and charged a year ago with the July 26, 2018, killing of Salvador Corrales, 24, according to Long Beach police.

Officers found evidence of a shooting but no victim at 9:05 p.m. that night when they were dispatched to a call of shots fired in the 6700 block of Cherry Avenue. Corrales’ body was later found inside a vehicle in the 5800 block of Florence Avenue in Bell Gardens, and evidence linked the shots fired in Long Beach with his death, police said.

Manzo is charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, possession for sale of methamphetamine and sale or transportation of methamphetamine. Two co-defendants, Gabriel Ivan Martinez and Daniel Alberto Cardona, are charged with robbery and drug counts.

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