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Lompoc Man Charged With Murder
updated: Jan 10, 2017, 7:46 PM

Update by the Santa Barbara County District
5:17 p.m. January 10, 2017

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that William Manuel Delgado, age 42, was charged with Murder, in violation of Penal Code section 187.  It is alleged that Mr. Delgado murdered his girlfriend, Ranae Ronquillo, on January 6, 2017 in Lompoc, California.  Ms. Ronquillo was 47 years old.   It is further alleged that Mr. Delgado used a knife. 

Moreover, it is alleged that in 2014 in Riverside County, Mr. Delgado was convicted of felony Domestic Violence, in violation of Penal Code section 273.5, involving the same victim, and he served a prison term for that offense.  Also, in Riverside County, in 2008, it is alleged Mr. Delgado was convicted of a serious felony offense, to wit, Discharging a Firearm with Gross Negligence. 

The charges were filed in Department 1 of the Lompoc Superior Court today.  The defendant was not transported from Santa Barbara County Jail.  His bail was set at $2,000,000.  His arraignment was continued to January 11, 2017 in Santa Maria, Dept. 9 at 8:30 AM.

Statement by Domestic Violence Solutions
4:01 p.m., January 10, 2017

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County (DVS) sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ranae Marie Ronquillo, the victim of a tragic domestic violence crime committed this past weekend in Lompoc that ended in her death.

Instances of domestic violence occur daily. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. One in 3 women and one in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

“Domestic violence feeds on silence,” said DVS Executive Director Charles Anderson. “We are asking Lompoc and surrounding communities to join us in taking a stand against abusive relationships. If you see or hear of incidents of violence, report them. If you are in an abusive relationship, call our 24 hour hotline 805- 736-0965.”

Domestic Violence Solutions is committed to ending domestic violence through prevention and intervention services; it provides 24-hour shelter services and crisis hotlines in Lompoc, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. Schools, groups, clubs or organizations interested in a presentation on the prevention and awareness of domestic violence please call 805.963.4458.

Reported by the Lompoc Police Department

Case# :    1701-0664
Location : 100 Block South C Street, Lompoc
Crime/Offense : 187(a) P.C.
Suspect(s) : William Manuel Delgado 42-year-old Lompoc resident

William Manuel Delgado
Lompoc Police Department

On Saturday 1-7-17 at about 0119 hours, the Lompoc Police Department received a call from a male stating his mother was injured and not breathing. When officers arrived at the residence they located the 47-year-old female face down with major injuries to her face. She was not breathing and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Officers quickly learned the suspect was the victim's boyfriend, William Delgado. WILLIAM is a currently on Probation through Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS Prop 47). He is on probation from Riverside County but with an address in Lompoc.

At about 0227 hours, the suspect was seen driving near the victim's residence while Officers and Detectives were on scene. The suspect was stopped without further incident and taken into custody. The investigation is still on-going. WILLIAM was booked into the Lompoc PD City Jail for murder.
Investigating Officer :
Detective Sergeant Chip Arias
Press Release Prepared by :
Corporal Leo Garza

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 07:52 PM

He has a smirk on his face.


 COMMENT 751025P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 07:53 PM

In preparation for the onslaught about "early release," from Noozhawk:

"Police initially said Delgado was on post-release community supervision from Riverside County under Proposition 47. However, on Monday they said Delgado was convicted in 2014 for domestic violence. After serving his sentence, he was released from prison and placed on probation through the post-release community supervision program. Although this program was instituted as a result of AB 109 and realignment, Delgado is also not considered an AB 109 or Proposition 47 release, police said Monday."

Given that, I hope the worst for him.


 COMMENT 751028 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 07:56 PM

"Moreover, it is alleged that in 2014 in Riverside County, Mr. Delgado was convicted of felony Domestic Violence, in violation of Penal Code section 273.5, involving the same victim, and he served a prison term for that offense."
It makes me sad that she stayed with this creep as this was not (according to the article) the first occurrence. R.I.P. dear soul and I hope justice is served.


 COMMENT 751048 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-10 08:49 PM

I am guessing that is a DMV photo, judging by the blue background.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 10:11 AM

My DMV photo don't have that backround...


 COMMENT 751187 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 03:52 PM

So, at first the police thought he was an early release for prop 47, but it turns out he was actually on early release for domestic violence? Hey, the crimes are so similar, ANYONE could confuse the 2, right?

And of course Riverside county let him move to Lompoc with his girlfriend and be on unsupervised probation, even though he was supposedly on probation for felony domestic violence, because the odds of him reoffending were so astronomically low.

The initial reports didn't mention a knife at all, but we were later told that while detectives were investigating this murder, there was ANOTHER completely unrelated stabbing just before closing time at a nearby bar.

In a little 1 horse town like Lompoc, what are the odds of that? And who ever heard of someone cutting his girlfriend's face up with a knife? I suppose it happens, but the initial reports let us infer he beat her up.


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