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Aug 24, 2014 4:22 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Santa Maria Police arrest man accused of murder

The Santa Maria Police Department said they responded to their first homicide of 2014 on Saturday night.

Officers were called out to the 1000 block of W. Orange just before 10:00 on Saturday night, where they found a dead man inside a home.

It appeared the man died as a result of being involved in a fight with another person inside the house. Officers arrested 26-year-old Ismael Jacinto-Cruz of Santa Maria at the scene. He faces charges of murder.

Jacinto-Cruz was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Police are not releasing the victim's identity at this time.

The last documented homicide in Santa Maria was in September of 2013.

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