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Bloody trail leads to Anaheim man's arrest in murder case

July 6, 2012 |  3:21 pm

A trail of blood led Anaheim police to the suspect in a stabbing death and robbery, Orange County authorities announced Friday.

Felipe Jesus Delgado, 21, of Anaheim was being held without bail in the death of 67-year-old Daniel Rowlett. Delgado is charged with robbing Rowlett of his wallet on Olive Street in Anaheim on Wednesday and then stabbing him more than a dozen times in the legs and chest before fleeing on foot.

Anaheim police said Delgado left a trail of blood from the crime scene to his Olive Street home about a block away and was found wearing bloody socks and having bloody clothes. The knife allegedly used in the killing was discovered under his bed, they said.

Rowlett was found badly wounded in his truck after what was first reported as a possible car accident, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Sgt. Bob Dunn, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, said that Delgado at first gave a false name to authorities and that it took a while to properly identify him.

Authorities also discovered that Delgado was a fugitive in a 2009 Santa Cruz case of attempted murder.

A warrant dating from July 2009 seeks him in connection with the attempted murder and gang activity. No details about the alleged crime were available, according to a court official there.

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