47-Year-Old Man Killed While Attempting to Capture a Thief

Troy Cansler, of Yucaipa, was killed while attempting to capture a thief who stabbed and tried to rob a Cherry Valley woman on Sunday, April 27. (Photo courtesy of Autum Cansler)
Troy Cansler, of Yucaipa, was killed while attempting to capture a thief who stabbed and tried to rob a Cherry Valley woman on Sunday, April 27. (Photo courtesy of Autum Cansler)

A 47-year-old Yucaipa man suffered fatal stab wounds while chasing a thief who’d stabbed and robbed a woman of her purse, say sheriff’s officials in that city.

Troy Cansler died at a hospital following the 9:37 p.m. holdup and stabbing of a Cherry Valley woman Sunday, April 27, in a parking lot in the 33400 block of Yucaipa Boulevard.

“It didn’t surprise anyone what he did. He was always helping the underdog,” said his wife, Autum Rae Cansler. “He was a good guy (and) a hard worker.”

Cansler chased a robber for about a block until he was stabbed near Fourth Street and Yucaipa Boulevard, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.

“The suspect fled into an adjacent business and was … detained by deputies,” according to the statement.

Vincent Alex DeLeon, 26, of Yucaipa, was arrested at 9:55 p.m. near Yucaipa Boulevard and Fourth Street and booked for investigation of murder, attempted murder, robbery and grand theft, jail records show.

The woman’s name has not been released. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

Cansler leaves behind his wife and their 12-year-old daughter.

“He grew up on a farm in Oak Glen,” his wife said. “His father is a retired sheriff’s lieutenant in Yucaipa. His mom is a bird rescuer.”

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SOURCE: PE
Richard Brooks

4 comments

  1. Danke Schoen, Troy Casler. Casler is of German origin and the real family name was Gantzler.

  2. Troy Cansler’s birth father was an law enforcement officer died in a line of duty. His real name was Ambers O’Neil Shewmaker. He goes by Troy Cansler.

  3. Correction:
    The correct spelling was Ambers O’Neal Shewmaker. Troy died with his (Western) boots on.

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