TURLOCK — Police arrested a 31-year-old man Thursday on suspicion of stabbing his friend to death during a dispute in November 2008.
Jose Delreal of Ceres was arrested at the Stanislaus County Jail, where he's serving time for assault with a deadly weapon in an unrelated incident, according to Turlock police spokesman Sgt. Nino Amirfar.
Delreal faces new charges in connection with the death of Ignacio "Nacho" Alvarez, 41, who was found laying in the grass Nov. 5 near the Stanislaus County Fairground in the 1000 block of West Canal Drive.
Detective J.D. McWilliams said Delreal and the victim were visiting the apartment complex near where Alvarez's body was found. He said the two men were friends at the time but said a "personal issue" was the motive for the stabbing. He did not elaborate.
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Alvarez was stabbed once. He was taken to Emanuel Medical Center and died there, police said.
Police began the investigation by searching for a dark sport utility vehicle with several people inside, but McWil- liams said he does not believe the occupants had prior knowledge of the stabbing. He said there are no other suspects.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call McWilliams at 668-5550, ext. 6668. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2337.