Killer Swordsman Brought to Justice

This is the only woman I want to see with a sword (A Band Apart/Miramax)

This is the only woman I want to see with a sword (A Band Apart/Miramax)

On July 12, 2008, Lucy Preciado—a 26-year-old mother of four—was stabbed to death with a sword in her Lancaster, California home. Sadly, all four of her children witnessed the murder, and it was her 9-year-old daughter who eventually placed the 911 call.

The chief suspect in the killing—Preciado’s boyfriend, Jesus Humberto “Chuey” Canales—fled first to Pomona, California, followed by Las Cruces, New Mexico, and finally to a small town near Jalisco, Mexico. That’s where the Mexican authorities—together with U.S. Marshals—finally apprehended the fugitive on Thursday and charged him with felony counts of murder and child endangerment.

The arrest warrant itself dated back to only six days after Preciado’s death, somewhere in the neighborhood of July 18, 2008. And what has Canales been doing since then, you might ask? Get this: within four days of killing Preciado, he shacked up with a woman in Mexico who also had four children!

Truly bizarre, but I can say this: whoever this Mexican woman is, ella es muy afortunada that the cops caught Canales before she became his next victim… Kill Bill style, of course.

Fortunately, it looks like the danger has been averted and justice has a chance to be served. Chuey now sits in the Los Angeles County Jail on $1.4 million bond, awaiting his arraignment tomorrow in L.A. County Court.

Canales ran Preciado through with his sword (Police Handout)

Canales ran Preciado through with his sword (Police Handout)

And Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective Jeff Leslie could not be happier—especially since he only missed capturing Canales in Las Cruces by four hours, and then had to endure numerous episodes of “America’s Most Wanted” that featured the close call.

Personally, I would feel a little like a failure—unjustifiably so, of course—so I know how Leslie must have felt. Things are much improved now, though, as evidenced from his most recent comment.

“After 5 ½ years, it was a really satisfying feeling to put him into the back of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department radio car.”

I bet it was, but now a new mystery has been revealed.

What in the hell is a radio car?

Posted on November 17, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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