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William Manuel Delgado


The Lompoc Police Department has revealed the identity of the woman who was killed Saturday in the city’s first homicide of 2017.

Ranae Marie Ronquillo, 47, was pronounced dead at a Lompoc residence early Saturday morning after police were called to the scene. Officers with the Lompoc Police Department, which revealed Ronquillo’s identity on Monday, arrested 42-year-old William Manuel Delgado later Saturday morning and charged him with murder.

Delgado and Ronquillo were both residents of San Bernardino County and were in a relationship, according to police.

Delgado had been convicted in 2014 on domestic violence charges.

Despite initial reports of Delgado having been released on probation through Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS Proposition 47), the Lompoc Police Department clarified Monday that although the program through which Delgado was released was instituted as a result of Assembly Bill 109 and realignment, Delgado is not considered an AB 109 or Prop 47 release.

The Lompoc homicide investigation began around 1:19 a.m. Saturday when authorities received a call from a man stating that his mother was injured and not breathing. When officials arrived at the residence in the 100 block of South C Street, they reported finding a woman, later identified as Ronquillo, face down with major injuries to her face.

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Officials said she was not breathing and she was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

About an hour later, around 2:27 a.m., Delgado was seen driving near the victim's residence while officials were on scene. He was stopped without further incident and taken into custody, where he is being held on $1 million bail.

The incident is still under investigation.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.