News release - 11/19/2012

Published 11/19/2012 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT:  Homicide Suspect Extradited
DATE/TIME:  November 18, 2012
LOCATION:  Fairfield, Alabama to Ventura County, California
VICTIM(S):  Stacy Knappenberger, 15-years old (1980)
SUSPECT(S):  Thomas Young, 65 years old, Fairfield, Alabama
PREPARED BY:  Sergeant David Villanueva, (805) 385-7763, david.villanueva@oxnardpd.org
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
 Det Bob Eckman, Oxnard Police Major Crimes,  385-7760,  bob.eckman@oxnardpd.org

DETAILS:

On September 6, 2012, Oxnard Police Department detectives and members of the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force arrested Thomas Young, age 65, of Fairfield, Alabama, for the murder of Stacy Knappenberger. Stacy Knappenberger was 15 years old when she was murdered on July 30, 1980, in her Oxnard home.  An autopsy at that time determined that Knappenberger had died from blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds.  It is also suspected that a sexual assault occurred. 
 
After his arrest in Alabama, Young declined to voluntarily waive extradition proceedings to Ventura County.  The Ventura County DA’s Office applied for a Governor’s Warrant which was approved and sent to the Alabama Governor’s Office.  The extradition was approved through the Jefferson County Superior Court, and Young’s extradition was ordered.
 
Members of the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force proceeded to Alabama and have returned to Ventura County, November 18, 2012, with Young in custody.  He has been booked late last night into Ventura County Main Jail with no bail.  Young’s first court appearance in Ventura County is scheduled at 9:00 AM, Monday, November 19, 2012, in Division 12 of the Ventura County Superior Court.   
 
Anyone having information about the case should call Detective Bob Eckman at 385-7760.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspxto submit a tip via text or email.  Lastly, you can also call the Oxnard Police Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070.
  
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  November 19, 2012 / 0807 hours, DV

 



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