Crime

Fresno gang member charged with murder in bicyclist’s stabbing

A Fresno gang member has been charged with murder in the May 14 stabbing death of a bicyclist, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Emilio Mancia, 32, faces one count of murder as well as an enhancement after a knife was used to commit the alleged crime.

Mancia is being held in the Fresno County jail. He faces the possibility of a life sentence if he is convicted of the crime, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Around 10 a.m. May 14, Martin Holt, 36, of Fresno was stabbed by an assailant as he rode his bike north on Blackstone Avenue toward Belmont Avenue.

Holt walked south on Blackstone before collapsing. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later died. Mancia became a person of interest shortly after the stabbing.

The District Attorney’s office said Mancia served two previous terms in state prison for prior felony offenses.

Mancia has been arrested every year since 1996 with the exception of 2004, when he was already serving jail time. Mancia was arrested on suspicion of crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, auto theft, burglary and grand theft.

Arraignment for his current charges is scheduled for Tuesday.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez

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