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Detectives close in on killer of Newhall man

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:24 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:21 p.m.

Homicide detectives investigating last month’s stabbing death of Franco Olea are closing in on the killer, a spokesman for the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Detectives called in a graphic artist to help them come up with a sketch of the killer shortly after Oleo, 28, was stabbed to death in front of his home on 15th Street in Newhall during an apparent struggle with a burglar a month ago.

They have now abandoned any plans to release a sketch of their suspect because they believe they now know who killed Olea, Lt. John Corina said Thursday.

“There was a sketch made and then they began developing it,” Corina said. “Then we came up with a tentative ID and showed his photo to a few people.

“They are not going to release it now because they have an idea who it is,” he said.

On Dec. 2, shortly after 2:20 a.m., Olea encountered a burglar in front of his home between Chestnut and Walnut streets, Corina said.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a burglary after someone reacted to hearing a car alarm in front of Olea’s house.

Olea, a graduate of William S. Hart High School graduate, class of 2003, was found stabbed on the driveway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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