Person of interest detained in fatal stabbing of Fresno bicyclist

Emilio Mancia
Emilio Mancia Fresno Police Department

A Fresno gang member who’s been perennially in trouble with the law since at least 1996 is now a person of interest in the stabbing death of a bicyclist May 14, police say.

Emilio Mancia, 32, was picked up by patrol officers early Wednesday for a parole violation, Lt. Burke Farrah said.

Tuesday evening, police identified Mancia as a person of interest in the homicide, and also described him as armed and dangerous.

On May 14, Martin Holt, 36, of Fresno was riding his mountain bike north on Blackstone Avenue toward Belmont Avenue around 10 a.m., Sgt. Mark Hudson said. An assailant attacked Holt as he attempted to ride past, knocking him off his bike. The attacker then stabbed Holt several times while he was down on the pavement.

Hudson said Holt walked south before collapsing. He died at Community Regional Medical Center.

Police say Mancia has been arrested numerous times – every year since 1996 except in 2004, when he was incarcerated – on suspicion of crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, auto theft, burglary and grand theft.

Last year, Mancia was arrested in connection with a robbery at the Walmart on East Kings Canyon Road in southeast Fresno and a nearby shoe store. At the shoe store, he fought with security guards before he was arrested.