Update to the May 21, 2023 Arrest of Henry Estuardo Castaneda, age 32, for Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree.

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, Henry Estuardo Castaneda has since been identified as a resident of Guatemala and is not legally in the United States. Castaneda has been working under an assumed identity upon entering the U.S., but is only believed to have been in Oneida County for approximately 2 months.

On May 21, 2023, Castaneda got upset with an associate of his who was also a co-worker because the associate was verbally harassing him about a personal matter and being out of work. Castaneda and the other man were out riding around when Castaneda pulled over on the eastbound lane of Rt. 49 in the Town of Marcy to go to the bathroom and both men got out of the vehicle. As they stood off the edge of the road, Castaneda attacked the victim, choking him until he lost consciousness. He then returned to the vehicle and got an empty beer bottle and began to strike the victim several times in the head until he believed he was dead. Castaneda left the victim laying in the grass and left the scene. The victim eventually regained consciousness and began walking along Rt. 49 where he was assisted by passing motorists who also alerted the police. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he received treatment for several head wounds and has since been released.

Castaneda was arraigned on the charges on May 22, 2023, and is being held at the Oneida County Jail after bail was set at $100,000 cash/ $200,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is also working with members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who are investigating Castaneda’s assumed identity documents and immigration status.

Castaneda was driving an orange colored 2005 Honda Element with Texas license plates at the time of the incident. The incident would have occurred around 3 am on Sunday, May 21, 2023, on the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Rt. 49, just east of River Rd. The Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have seen the vehicle pulled over or believes they have any information, please contact (315) 765-2737.