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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Sylmar Homeowners Association PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2012 02:08

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The daughter of a Pacoima woman who was stabbed to death – allegedly by her husband – has filed a wrongful death suit against the homeowners association of the condominium complex where the slain woman lived.

Marlene Martinez filed the case Tuesday, April 10, in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Glenoaks Townhomes homeowners association in Sylmar stemming from the May 1, 2010, death of 33-yearold Olga Martinez.

The plaintiff also names Aberdeen Management Co. as well as Centurion Security Inc., which provided security guards to the residents. She is seeking unspecified damages.

A representative of Glenoaks Townhomes could not be immediately reached.

Martinez was found lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to her garage of the complex at 11150 Glenoaks Blvd., according to the LAPD.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants knew by September 2009 that Olga Martinez had a restraining order against her husband, Napoleon E. Castro, and that he posed a potential danger to her. "It was expected that defendants would provide a level of care in whom they admitted to the secured housing area in the gated community and restrict unauthorized visitors," the suit states. "Defendants breached their duty of care by permitting ...Castro to enter the building."

At the time of the killing, Castro, a native of El Salvador who has worked in construction, wore multiple tattoos, according to the FBI. An LAPD spokeswoman said that Castro is still a fugitive. Now 36 he is known to use the aliases Luis Sanchez, Juan Flores, Napoleon Edvardo Castro and Napoleon Edwardo Castro; and the birth dates June 10, 1975, June 7, 1975, and Oct. 10, 1975, according to the FBI.

Castro may have traveled to Worcester, Mass., and El Salvador, where he is known to have ties, and should be considered armed and dangerous, the FBI says.

Castro, also known as "Napo" or "Trouble," is charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with murder and torture. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of murder involving the infliction of torture and lying in wait, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

He was charged in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. A federal arrest warrant was issued in May 2010.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 20:05