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Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale
Escalon Man Arrested
Sawyer 187
Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a homicide where 30 year-old Marcus Andrew Moore of Lodi was found stabbed to death on Sawyer Road the morning of June 23. RICHARD PALOMA/The Leader


Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city limits of Oakdale on Thursday, June 23.

Stanislaus County Sherriff’s Sergeant Anthony Bejaran stated that the department received a 9-1-1 call at 9:10 a.m. regarding a man stabbed in front of a residence on Sawyer Road.

When deputies arrived they found a 30-year-old man on the ground with apparent stab wounds to various parts of his body..

Emergency medical crews attempted lifesaving efforts to the victim, however he was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives and crime scene personnel were then notified to respond to the residence.

Bejaran said responding deputies detained Ren Arnell Bellido, 42 of Escalon on the property.

“We have a man detained, but we don’t know what his involvement is with this incident – if any,” Bejaran said.

With the body draped with a white cloth in front of the garage of the residence, detectives and crime scene technicians worked throughout the day interviewing witnesses and processing the scene.

Bejaran said detectives were working with a tentative identity of the victim and were awaiting positive identification. Later in the day the victim was identified as Marcus Andrew Moore, 30, of Lodi.

The resident who lives next door to the crime scene and asked not to be identified, said the victim knocked on his door around 8:30 that morning asking to use the phone.

The resident said the man was barefoot and told him he had just been released from Oak Valley Hospital and wanted to use the phone to call the sheriff.

“He said he needed to get his clothes and money from next door and they weren’t letting him inside,” the resident said.

The resident allowed the man to use his telephone but said the sheriff’s department declined to respond.

The resident said about a half-hour later he and his wife heard arguing coming from next door. Moments later he saw a car pulled over to the side of the road with someone providing assistance to the victim on the ground.

“It may have been better if the sheriff came out when he called,” the resident said.

Bellido was later arrested for murder and was booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

Sgt Bejaran said Moore did speak with a watch commander the day of the incident and had asked for a civil stand-by.

“The victim was uncooperative and gave very limited information during the conversation,” Bejaran said. “Per our policy a civil stand-by is used in a domestic violence investigation to assist a victim. Based on the information the watch commander had when he spoke with the victim the decision was made not to send a deputy.” 

The sheriff’s department asks that anyone with information regarding this investigation to please call Detective David Hickman at 209-525-7042.

Read the June 29 edition of The Leader for more information on this incident.