17-Year-Old Woodland Murder Victim Identified

2:50 PM, Jul 27, 2009   |    comments
Marcelino Michel Jr.
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WOODLAND, CA - The Yolo County coroner has identified a 17-year-old teen fatally shot following an argument in a Woodland apartment early Sunday.

William Martinez of Woodland suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head, according to the coroner's office.

Woodland police continue to look for the suspected shooter who they believe is 28-year-old Marcelino Michel, Jr. Monday afternoon, officers evacuated Woodland's Lincoln Manor Apartments on Lincoln Avenue while a SWAT team investigated a call that Michel was headed there. After a search, officers determined Michel was not at the complex.

Sgt. Dan Letamendi said Michel was last seen leaving the Crossroads Village Apartments at 555 Matmor Road shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Michel is believed to be armed and dangerous, and driving a blue Cadillac sedan.

Michel is described as an Hispanic male, 5'7" tall, 175 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and possibly a goatee.

Witnesses told police that several gun shots were heard in the area around 12:30 a.m. Officers arrived to the apartment complex to find Martinez in the parking lot suffering from a severe gunshot wound to the head, said Letamendi. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center were he died from his injuries at 3:26 a.m., Letamendi said.

Officers believe an argument inside an apartment in the complex lead to the deadly shooting. Letamendi said the handgun Michel allegedly used to kill the boy has not been recovered.

While police detectives were investigating the scene and interviewing witnesses, Anthony Tayborne, 23, was arrested for delaying officers.

Letamendi said Tayborne repeatedly interrupted the questioning of a female witness, encouraging her not to talk to police. Tayborne has been placed on parole hold and booked into the Monroe Detention Center where he's being held without bail.

By Sunday afternoon, Letamendi said Woodland and Sacramento authorities had searched several locations in the hunt for Michel, but were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800. Any information about Michel should be directed to your local law enforcement agency.


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