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Salesman stabbed to death at Cerritos car dealership
(AP) ^ | Wednesday September 07, 2005 | (AP)

Posted on 09/07/2005 1:55:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin

CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) A ``well dressed'' man entered a Chevrolet dealership and stabbed a salesman to death after his request to test drive a Corvette was denied, sheriff's officials said.

Melchor Macaso, 35, was booked late Tuesday at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles on a felony murder count, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Web site. He was being held on $1 million bail.

The incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. in a rear sales office at S&J Chevrolet, said Sgt. Vanette Christensen, a sheriff's department spokeswoman. The salesman refused to let the customer test drive the car because the man did not have proper identification, she said.

``He began acting violently and produced a large butcher knife'' with which he stabbed the salesman several times in the upper body, Christensen said.

The suspect then walked outside and paced back and forth for a brief time, she said.

``There were several brave other employees who tackled him and held him until deputies arrived,'' Christensen said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital but died, said Lt. Robert Guilbault of the sheriff's station in Cerritos, a city of 51,000 people 26 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Christensen said sheriff's officials were not yet releasing the identity of the victim, who she described as a man in his 30s.

They also didn't have a motive for the crime, she said.

Tuesday's killing was the second at a Southern California car dealership in the past month.

On Aug. 8, a man who was unhappy with his girlfriend's car purchase allegedly shot and killed two people at a dealership in Colton, Calif. about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Later that day, the suspect allegedly shot and killed a 16-year-old boy before police shot and arrested him.


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1 posted on 09/07/2005 1:55:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Conceal carry. Bump.


2 posted on 09/07/2005 1:56:13 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanterns..with a smiley face!)
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To: BenLurkin

I always carry a large butcher knife on a test drive. The guy was probably going to steal the car.


3 posted on 09/07/2005 1:59:53 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: BenLurkin
Melchor Macaso, 35, was booked late Tuesday at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles on a felony murder count, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Web site. He was being held on $1 million bail.

Let's tattoo "I hate Muslims" on his forehead and parachute him into Najaf. Save us all some tax dollars.

4 posted on 09/07/2005 2:01:07 PM PDT by American Quilter
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To: BenLurkin
Melchor Macaso, 35, was booked late Tuesday at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles on a felony murder count, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Web site. He was being held on $1 million bail

Huh, I thought it was called jail.

5 posted on 09/07/2005 2:01:33 PM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: BenLurkin

Inmate reception center? What the hell is that. Do they mean jail? Only in California.


6 posted on 09/07/2005 2:01:47 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: Pylon

Good point.

Sounds kinda like they serve punch and cookies, doesn't it?


7 posted on 09/07/2005 2:02:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe tea even.


8 posted on 09/07/2005 2:03:04 PM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: satchmodog9

We still call it Jail in San Diego.


9 posted on 09/07/2005 2:04:10 PM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: satchmodog9

He is ultimately headed to the damnation reception center.


10 posted on 09/07/2005 2:05:28 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: BenLurkin

Step one: Murder.
Step two:
Step three: Profit!

It's always that pesky step two that's tough to figure out.



11 posted on 09/07/2005 2:07:33 PM PDT by I see my hands (Soon evacuees will have absolute moral authority and entitlement.)
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To: Pylon
Maybe tea even.

And little finger sandwiches with the crust cut off.

12 posted on 09/07/2005 2:10:50 PM PDT by USMC79to83
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To: USMC79to83

I wonder if they have pie? I like pie.


13 posted on 09/07/2005 2:13:14 PM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: USMC79to83

Other blue state are looking into the Individuals-Who-Had-an-Unhappy-Upbringing-and-Didn't-Know-Any-Better Welcome Center.


14 posted on 09/07/2005 2:22:49 PM PDT by Sax
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To: BenLurkin

No motive? He had a motive. He wanted the effing kill the guy!


15 posted on 09/07/2005 2:27:42 PM PDT by subterfuge (Obama, mo mama...er Osama-La bamba, uh, bama...banana rama...URP!---Ted Kennedy)
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To: BenLurkin

Why wouldn't they let him test drive the car? Did they think he was untrustworthy?


16 posted on 09/07/2005 2:29:39 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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To: BykrBayb
About once a month or so I get bored and go out "test driving". The 'vettes are nice but I prefer to "test drive" the Porsche Boxster. The only time I've been turned down is when they wouldn't let me test drive a new Viper.

Am I the only one who does this?
17 posted on 09/07/2005 2:36:37 PM PDT by IYAAYAS (Live free or die trying)
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To: BenLurkin
...held on $1 million bail.

Why do they offer bail to these guys, no matter how much it is? It seems pretty clear that he murdered someone..... so...... let's see.... I've got a semi-appropriate Mr. Boffo here somewhere.....


18 posted on 09/07/2005 2:37:18 PM PDT by MarineBrat (When it rains, New Orleans makes its own gravy.)
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To: I see my hands

"Step one: Murder.
Step two:
Step three: Profit!"

Especially since the best option for step two... hire Johnny Cochran is no longer an option.


19 posted on 09/07/2005 2:37:24 PM PDT by rwilson99 (South Park (R)
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To: IYAAYAS

After test driving a Porche, how do you tell the salesman that you don't want it? With a straight face. Without busting a gut laughing. How?


20 posted on 09/07/2005 2:39:06 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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To: IYAAYAS

Yeah, but do you carry a butcher knife? It works like this. Well-dressed man and salesman go for test drive. Away from dealership, "customer" pulls car over to the side of the road. Producing large knife, he tells the salesman to get out of the car, and drives off. I've known it to happen.


21 posted on 09/07/2005 2:40:53 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: BykrBayb

Well, the Boxster for instance has the possibility of around 100 options.
Me: "I really like it but do you have one with the Bose stereo and the 18" rims with the traction control package, in yellow?"
The trick is to go right before they close, sometimes (not porsche) they will let you take the car overnight :)


22 posted on 09/07/2005 2:46:23 PM PDT by IYAAYAS (Live free or die trying)
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To: IYAAYAS

LOL - By the time you get to "in yellow?" they gotta know what you're up to. Of course, by then, you've already driven it. What can they do?


23 posted on 09/07/2005 2:50:03 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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To: satchmodog9

Send them to a Thai jail. They feed chickens on top of the jail, so that chicken shit fall on the prisoners underneath.

24 posted on 09/07/2005 2:56:58 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: BenLurkin
The location was S&J Chevrolet. They are a sponsor on KRLA AM radio in Los Angeles home to Laura Ingrahm, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt and that crazy guy with the New York accent.

Maybe it was politcally motivated? Hey if you can blame the President for the Hurricane, why can't you blame S&J's choice to advertise as the cause for the crime?

25 posted on 09/07/2005 3:43:01 PM PDT by GWB00
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To: BykrBayb

Another Illegal I'll betcha. Salesman knew he'd never see the car again.


26 posted on 09/07/2005 3:46:36 PM PDT by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: BenLurkin
stabbed a salesman to death

Not a resident of California, but was wondering


Is that illegal on the West Coast?

27 posted on 09/07/2005 4:06:40 PM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: satchmodog9
Inmate reception center?

Inmate???

Isn't that kind of a crude term?

How about the "Guest Services Department of the California Lodging System"?

28 posted on 09/07/2005 4:08:44 PM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: BykrBayb
Why wouldn't they let him test drive the car? Did they think he was untrustworthy?

From the article:

The salesman refused to let the customer test drive the car because the man did not have proper identification...

29 posted on 09/07/2005 4:17:35 PM PDT by judgeandjury
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To: judgeandjury

Sorry. Sometimes I forget that there are people out there who don't recognize sarcasm without the proper tag. I was under the impression that my comment about him doubting the guy's trustworthiness was a dead give-away (pardon the pun.)


30 posted on 09/07/2005 4:20:22 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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To: BenLurkin
This sounds exactly like a scene from the movie The Hidden- except the guy was an alien and he actually got the car but it wasn't a vette- other than that it was exactly the same.
31 posted on 09/07/2005 5:51:36 PM PDT by jimboster (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me)
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To: American Quilter
The similar scene in Die Hard 3 had to be one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in an action movie.
32 posted on 09/07/2005 5:55:26 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.")
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To: BenLurkin
New verb? Going Dealin'.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
33 posted on 09/07/2005 9:06:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: judgeandjury
The salesman usually wants ID produced, like a valid drivers' license and bank credit card as security. I can't imagine any one taking a human life over a car. There are some sick souls out there that will kill even when no provocation is offered. I hope this creep gets the death penalty.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
34 posted on 09/07/2005 9:09:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
I knew this man and he was a GREAT man. He was just married in July and has his first child on the way. This is a horrible thing that is just sickening! I can not believe that he is gone, the world lost a great person. I hope that everyone understands that this is not a joke. His wife is alone and will never get to see her husband again and his future daughter will never get to know her father. The man that killed him is going to get what is coming to him and will hopefully get the worst possible ever...... think about this would you want this man (the killer) to be out on the streets with you and your family? I know that I do not.
35 posted on 09/16/2005 1:39:40 PM PDT by jv3802
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