UPDATE: Tracy man charged with murder
by Bob Brownne
Jul 08, 2012 | 22865 views | 13 13 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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A 62-year-old woman died late Saturday, July 7, after a man reportedly attacked her in a room at the Hacienda Inn motel, 639 W. 11th St.

A suspect, identified by Tracy police Lt. Greg Farmanian as 25-year-old Tracy resident Stephen Andrew Carreiro, was arrested after an alleged struggle with police at the hotel.

Carreiro is currently being held at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on felony charges of murder, burglary and resisting police, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing EMS personnel.

No bond has been set, and he is scheduled to appear in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court on Tuesday, July 10, according to the county sheriff's department website.

Farmanian said that both the woman and the suspect were taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital shortly after the incident, which was first reported at 7:12 p.m. Saturday.

Farmanian confirmed a few hours later that the woman had died at the hospital. He did not know the cause of death or the nature of her injuries.

Police are investigating if there was a motive for the alleged attack, Farmanian said. The woman's name was not released. Farmanian said that she was a member of the family that owns the motel, and police are still trying to determine if Carriero had any connection to the hotel.

"It appears to us right now that it might have been a random act," Farmanian said.

The alleged attack and its immediate aftermath drew a large response from neighbors at the hotel and from police.

"There was quite a commotion inside the house. The tenants called 911 for a fight inside one of the rooms," Farmanian said. "We actually were dispatched to 'a naked man fighting with some people.'"

Guests of the hotel reportedly rushed to the woman's aid and struggled with the man until police arrived.

According to a Tracy Police Department press release, the alleged attack occurred in the motel office, and once police arrested Carreiro, they found the victim "adjacent to the office of the motel."

Farmanian said Carreiro was allegedly combative with police and said it took about 20 minutes for officers to subdue him. He was wrapped in a full-body restraint, Farmanian said, and was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, which included a possible broken arm and also a wound to his foot.

Farmanian said the cause of Carreiro’s wound was unclear as of Saturday night.

One man who was in the area at the time of the incident’s first report said he thought he heard a gunshot come from the hotel, but police did not confirm if any shots were fired. Farmanian said that no officers fired any shots, but he did confirm that police found a knife at the scene and broken glass in the room where the alleged attack happened.

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SpadedNJaded
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September 02, 2012
I know the suspect very well. I went to high school with him. I was very close with him after high school, so much so that I consider him family. Yes, this is a terrible thing that has occurred. I do not condone his actions in anyway. What hurts me the most is outside of this hanice crime, if any of you knew him the way I do wouldn't believe your ears. This is a man who served our country, fought in the war, has a wife and a beautiful son and many friends who feel for him and this situation. My prayers and sorrow definitely go out to the victims and their family and friends and I hurt for them in so many ways. This affects all of us not just the victims. very sad situation. He also was not a Tracy resident, Steve is a long resident of Hampton, Virginia. This was all a wrong place wrong time and what being under the influence of mind altering drugs can do. This is a man who wouldn't hurt a fly, yet here he sits with a murder charge. Makes you take a step back and contemplate wether you really ever know anyone or what they are capable of.
Got2Btru2myself
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July 10, 2012
At 25, kiss your life good-bye. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. Tragedy hits Tracy again
Tracyite71
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July 09, 2012
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Tracyite71
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July 09, 2012
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Tinfoil
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July 09, 2012
Another cockroach. Hav'nt I've seen him on 'Bait Car'? And they all have the same facial expression. Two eyeballs and nothing behind them. Cold,soul-less. Well he can like all the other idiot cockroaches kiss the rest of his life goodby. Another loser bites the dust. The rest of us with brains will be out here free drinking beer,making love,raising families,etc. But him,he'll live in a little cement-walled cell just like an animal at the zoo. He snuffed a 62 year old woman. Wow,that's really macho. What a punk!
tia000
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July 09, 2012
First off i just want to say how sad and painful it was to be there.prayers out to the family and the people at the motel. i also wanted to say it is so disrespectful for some of the comments left from some of the people,really? not sure if you guys have ever been in that situation before,witness such a horrible thing like that but try to have a heart.
mommyofthree
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July 08, 2012
How come crimes now a days are always involving someone being naked???
victor_jm
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July 08, 2012
Maine2020,

What do you mean you aren't "the biggest fan of Tracy police department"?

Do you truly know any of them?

DTDenizen
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July 08, 2012
I am sure folk that reside at the Hacienda know the TPD very well and vice versa!
Maine2020
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July 12, 2012
If that statement is all u got out of what I said then you didn't read my post. Its really sad that a person can risk there life for another persons well being an ask your looking for is something negative to say about that person. I said tracy pd did a great job. Witch they did. This is about the family and the tragedy they have went through. Its shameful that people are one here saying the thing they are and in the same breath saying .how evil three prep is. Don't get me wrong I'm not comparing the to but I think it wrong. Be blessed
Maine2020
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July 08, 2012
First off I want to wish for the victems family.. This was a brutal attack and I pray fo the family.. The person who wrote this story doesn't have the facts correct. Unfortunately I was at the screen as one of the men that found the suspect and forcefully entered the home in an attempt to save the womani am not the biggest fan of tracy pd but I must say they did a great job today. Again my prayers go out to the family.
cali123
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July 08, 2012
So then what r the facts
DTDenizen
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July 08, 2012
I would be interested in any pertinent facts as well--the TP appears to have only taken a Police Representatives Statement and possibly interviewed a person that was near the action and crime. But, I also realize that Maine2020 may be a witness--that creates a whole new set of problems. I hope the TP will delve deeper into this sad incident--it's very disturbing, and the story leaves a lot of questions to be answered.

May God's healing grace be bestowed on the victim's family.



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