October 30, 2015 12:00 am -


A man walked into the San Clara County Jail to confess murder and was told to leave and go to the police station a couple of blocks away.

Hugo Ernesto Castro tried to surrender at the facility in San Jose on Monday, but he was told to go elsewhere even after he had confessed to stabbing his ex-girlfriend and handed over a note revealing where her body was, reports the San Jose Mercury News. A deputy at the prison told the 28-year-old that he was in the wrong place and instructed him to walk two blocks to police headquarters, which he obligingly did. Police found the body of Castro’s former girlfriend at the address he gave, and he was arrested, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The sheriff’s office is trying to find out why the deputy didn’t follow standard procedure and detain Castro or at least escort him to the police station.


“Once they leave, who knows what’s going to happen next,” a retired San Francisco police captain tells the Mercury News. “Maybe they go the two blocks and turn themselves in. Or maybe they have second thoughts, or go home and destroy evidence.”


D.B. Hirsch
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