The California Highway Patrol arrested a man at a Santa Nella truck stop who is suspected of stabbing a man to death and leaving his body along Interstate 5, near Newman on Aug. 26.
The deceased was identified as Erin Michael Anderson, 39, of San Bernardino.
The suspect was caught a short time after the discovery of the body. He was identified by the California Highway Patrol as Keith Alexander Forrest, 66, of Bellflower, Calif.
Just before 9 a.m. on Aug. 26, the CHP was notified of a man bleeding on the southbound I-5 off ramp to Stuhr Road in Newman. Both the Newman Fire Station and the Westside Ambulance were dispatched to the call, however, Anderson had sustained multiple stabbing wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Detectives from the CHP’s Central Division’s Investigative Services Unit responded to the scene, gathering information in order to issue a “Be On The Look-Out” for the suspect and the suspect vehicle.
At approximately 10:02 a.m. Aug. 26, officers from the Los Banos CHP Area located a vehicle matching the description of the BOLO in a parking lot at the Loves Travel Stop located in Santa Nella.
A short time later, a male adult, who was later identified as Forrest, was seen exiting the convenience store within the Travel Stop and was taken into custody without incident. Forrest was in a big rig that was linked to the victim, according to the CHP.
Forrest was interviewed by CHP detectives and subsequently arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for charges of homicide. He remains in custody in lieu of a $2,010, 000 bail. He has a pretrial hearing set for Oct. 10 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
The investigation into the events which led to the homicide is still on going. If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the CHP’s Central Division Investigative Services Unit at (559) 603-7740.