.Santa Cruz Man Charged In Seabright Homicide

Former UC Santa Cruz student accused of strangling girlfriend on the beach

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Feb. 23 on suspicion of killing a woman on Seabright State Beach.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Zainab Mansoor, 21, of San Ramon who was a student UC Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz Police Department said they got a call about a possible homicide near the water line at Seabright Beach, 1300 E. Cliff Drive, at 1:16am. As police made their way out to the shore they found the suspect, Samuel Stone, 20, and arrested him without incident. 

On the beach beside Stone, who is a former UC Santa Cruz student, police discovered Mansoor, who was unconscious. SCPD officers administered lifesaving measures until relieved by Santa Cruz Fire and American Medical Response paramedics. 

Mansoor was rushed to Dominican Hospital, where she later died, police said.

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SCPD Investigators, who were called in to begin an investigation, learned that Stone and the victim were in a dating relationship.

Stone was later booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on first-degree murder charges, where he is being held without bail on Saturday, jail records showed.

The incident is still under investigation.

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