The Sheriff’s Department have arrested a suspect for the stabbing of Manny Moore, the unsuccessful candidate in the recent Mayoral election.
Moore was stabbed three weeks ago, during the campaign. He declined to give statement about the attack to the Sheriff’s Department, but claimed, in an interview with the Chronicles, following his release from hospital, that he believed the incident was a case of mistaken identity.
The Chronicles has, however, received information since we published this statement, that suggests that he was, in fact, the intended victim and that the assailant was known to him. Santa Ramona’s Under Sheriff Brentt has told the Chronicles, commenting on the attack, that he believes “there is a good deal more to it than appears”.
It appears, from information given to the Chronicles, that Moore and a female companion had arranged to meet with a third party, and that the attack took place while they were talking. Both Moore and his companion were hospitalized as a result.
Joseph Styles, owner of the Boiler Room, was one of the first to come to the crime scene. He heard someone yelling, demanding that an ambulance be called. He ran to the Boardwalk to see Moore and his female companion on the ground and the third person, the one that Moore had intended to meet, getting to his feet.
The Chronicles understands that the person yelling was a woman, whom we have yet to identify, who was a witness to the attack.
The Sheriff’s Department have confirmed that they have in their possession a knife that fits the description we have of the weapon used in the attack. But, until results come back from the lab, they cannot say for certain whether this is the knife used or not.
The SD are also refusing to identify the suspect, arrested last Saturday, although they have stated that the case will be heard in court within the next two weeks. They are also refusing to confirm or deny the possibility that the SD activity around Mancino’s Funeral Parlor last weekend has anything to do with this case.
(The Chronicles have withheld the names of two of the people involved in the incident at the request of the Sheriff’s Department.)