Hayward police said today that the victims of a double homicide at a car auction lot early Tuesday were stabbed to death.Calling the incident at Manheim San Francisco Bay Auto Auction at 1901 Addison Way “a brutal double homicide,” Capt. Darryl McAllister said police have strong leads but no suspects have been arrested or questioned and no motive has been confirmed.Manheim San Francisco Bay, which previously was known as Bay Cities Auto Auction, had initially said on Tuesday that robbery and theft may have been the motive for the homicides. However, the business later retracted that statement and McAllister said police “are still working to determine the facts that led up to the stabbings. He said, “We do not have a suspect description to publish, however we are confident the leads we are working are bringing us closer to identifying a suspect and providing additional information.”McAllister identified the victims as 63-year-old Angelito Erasquin of Hayward, who had worked as a security guard at the business for eight years, and 56-year-old James Wightman of Central Point, Ore. Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds. Wightman was a truck driver who routinely delivered automobiles to the auction business, McAllister said.He said police initially thought the incident was a hit-and-run accident, as police dispatchers received a report at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on Addison Way, outside the car-auction lot. Patrol officers who responded found Erasquin in the street. Hayward Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.Officers then found Wightman in the cab of an idling big-rig truck parked near the entrance to the property, McAllister said. Wightman also was pronounced dead at the scene. McAllister said the auto auction business is a huge 73-acre property, which houses more than 2,000 cars.Investigators spent most of Tuesday searching the grounds for suspects and evidence but no suspects were found as a result of the search, McAllister said.He said anyone with information about the case should call Inspector Mike Woods, Inspector J.P. Guimaraes.
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