Skip to comments.Salesman stabbed to death at Cerritos car dealership
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.
Conceal carry. Bump.
I always carry a large butcher knife on a test drive. The guy was probably going to steal the car.
Let's tattoo "I hate Muslims" on his forehead and parachute him into Najaf. Save us all some tax dollars.
Huh, I thought it was called jail.
Inmate reception center? What the hell is that. Do they mean jail? Only in California.
Sounds kinda like they serve punch and cookies, doesn't it?
Maybe tea even.
We still call it Jail in San Diego.
He is ultimately headed to the damnation reception center.
It's always that pesky step two that's tough to figure out.
And little finger sandwiches with the crust cut off.
I wonder if they have pie? I like pie.
Other blue state are looking into the Individuals-Who-Had-an-Unhappy-Upbringing-and-Didn't-Know-Any-Better Welcome Center.
No motive? He had a motive. He wanted the effing kill the guy!
Why wouldn't they let him test drive the car? Did they think he was untrustworthy?
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.....
"Step one: Murder.
Step three: Profit!"
Especially since the best option for step two... hire Johnny Cochran is no longer an option.
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?