3:41 p.m. OCT. 31 | OCEANSIDE — Two men were behind bars today in connection with a knife assault that wounded three teenagers, one fatally, along a walking trail near the mouth of the San Luis Rey River.
Cesar Jesus Robles, 21, was booked into county jail last Tuesday on suspicion of taking part in the fatal Oct. 21 assault off the 400 block of San Luis Rey Drive in Oceanside, according to police.
On Thursday, Coryell Constantine Taylor, 37, was booked for allegedly participating in the stabbing attack, which fatally wounded Oceanside High School graduate Alan Sandoval, 17, and left two companions — another 17-year-
old boy and an 18-year-old man — with minor injuries.
The deadly assault apparently stemmed from a confrontation and ensuing argument between the victims and the suspects, police spokesman Tom Bussey said. Exactly what sparked the dispute was unclear, he said.
The slain youth “had a great heart (and was) always willing to help others in need,” states a message on a GoFundMe.com page dedicated to raising money for his family.
The slain teen had planned to attend community college and hoped to become a firefighter, one of his sisters told the Union-Tribune.
Robles and Taylor, both Oceanside residents, were being held at George Bailey Detention Facility and San Diego Central Jail on bail of $2 million and $3 million, respectively, pending further court proceedings.
10:13 a.m. OCT. 31 | OCEANSIDE — Two men remained jailed today, one on suspicion of first-degree murder and another for attempted murder, in connection with the stabbing of three teens, including a 17-year-old boy who was killed earlier this month in Oceanside.
Coryell Constantine Taylor, 37, was arrested by Oceanside police and booked Thursday evening into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first- degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to jail records. He was being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
Richard Torres, 48, was arrested by Oceanside police and booked Wednesday into the Vista Detention Center on suspicion of attempted first- degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, jail records showed. His bail was $750,000.
The duo’s charges stem from a stabbing attack Oct. 21 in the 400 block of San Luis Rey Drive, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The stabbing left an 18-year-old man and 17-year-old boy with minor injuries, but a third victim, also 17, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died 24 hours later.
That victim has been identified by friends and family as Alan Sandoval, an Oceanside High School graduate who would have turned 18 this week, according to a Go Fund Me page.
“Alan Sandoval passed away … (as a) result of being a victim of a violent crime,” read a message on the Go Fund Me page. “He always cared about his family (and) he leaves behind his mother, sisters and brother. He had a great heart (and was) always willing to help others in need.”
A sister told the Union-Tribune that Sandoval planned to attend community college and hoped to become a firefighter.
Oceanside police last week released a sketch of a “person of interest” in the slaying and asked for the public’s help to identify and locate that person; Taylor and Torres do not match the man described in the police bulletin. Detectives did not release information about the arrests or any other details about the case, including a possible motive.