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Crime Trackers: June Cold Case - Antonio Serrano

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TUCSON- It's a case that didn't receive much attention nearly 18 years ago. Now, cold case detectives are taking a different approach and are looking to the public for help in solving the brutal murder of 28-year-old Antonio Serrano.

Serrano was last seen on Sunday, July 7, 1996, at Curves Cabaret.  He was driving away in his car that he left in the parking lot the night before.

Detectives said he got into an argument with some people and was kicked out of the bar on Saturday night.  Pima County Sheriff’s Cold Case Detective Charles Garcia said, “I believe his death is related to the circumstances at that establishment and what happened at that bar.”

Somehow, Serrano got home where he got into another argument with his wife.  She left and she never saw him alive again. He was murdered 12 hours later.

Deputies said he was stabbed to death.

“There's a lot of emotion wrapped up in that type of a homicide," said Det. Garcia.  "And for that reason I have to find out why, or who had that type of emotion.”

During the early morning hours of July 8, Serrano’s body was found lying on West Irvington Road, about a quarter mile west of South Cardinal Road.

“People believed that his body had been struck by a vehicle and the vehicle was no longer at the scene,” said Det. Garcia.

Once traffic investigators arrived, they quickly determined it wasn't a hit-and-run. Deputies said Serrano had been pushed out from a moving vehicle.

Crime scene photos show tire tracks of a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

“There were obvious signs of trauma to the body," said Det. Garcia.  "There were signs that the victim had incurred stabbing and had lost a significant amount of blood.”

Blood was found inside his 1980 Olds Cutlass. 

The vehicle is also an important piece of the puzzle to solving Serrano’s murder, added Detective Garcia.  “The car itself does tell a story.  And I believe  that can lead this investigation in a new direction.”

Det. Garcia said he's positive someone out there knows about the argument that took place inside Curves Cabaret.  He's hoping they'll come forward with the information, so Serrano’s family can finally get closure. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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