Crime

SLO woman allegedly choked by neighbor is identified

Edmund Nungaray, 59, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, on suspicion of attempted murder. Original story »
Edmund Nungaray, 59, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, on suspicion of attempted murder. Original story »

The victim of an alleged attempted murder in a San Luis Obispo apartment complex has been identified as Deirdre Crowley, 46, of San Luis Obispo.

Crowley’s next-door neighbor, Edmund Nungaray, in a police interview admitted to choking her during an altercation that occurred just after midnight on Sunday morning in Crowley's apartment, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

Crowley is still listed in critical condition at a local hospital, where doctors say they cannot determine the extent of her injuries, nor predict the possibility of any recovery, police say.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department initially responded to a report of a female screaming in the apartment complex at 3350 Bullock Lane, where they found Nungaray near the open door of Crowley’s apartment. Officers then found Crowley inside the apartment not breathing and without a pulse. With immediate CPR, officers and paramedics were able to re-establish a pulse and take her to a local hospital.

Nungaray, 59, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, with bail set at $500,000. The District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, and charges are pending.

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