55-year-old Stabbed to Death; 2 Family Members Arrested for Accessory to Murder
Modesto- Modesto police arrested two people this past Saturday for playing a part in a stabbing that resulted in the death of a 55-year-old man. The suspects, Richard Gonzales, 26, and Jaime Bacca, 33, were arrested for accessory to murder of one of their family members.
The incident began on January 12th at around 9 p.m. Fire and paramedic personnel were called to an apartment complex on Yosemite Boulevard in Southeast Modesto. Once they arrived at the scene, they found a 55-year-old man suffering from numerous stab wounds. The victim was later transported to a local hospital by paramedics, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Modesto police officers immediately began questioning the members of the victim’s family. Many of the family members proved difficult to work with; officers were given inconsistent information as to what exactly happened to the victim. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were called in to take over.
From what they were able to gather from witnesses and family members, detectives learned that the victim was stabbed by 50-year-old Francisco Hernandez Gonzales. In addition to Gonzales, several witnesses placed Richard Gonzales and Jaime Bacca during the incident. After the stabbing, Francisco Gonzales was driven away by Gonzales and Bacca from the crime scene to an unknown location, giving him an opportunity to elude investigators.
Once they were arrested, Gonzales and Bacca were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.
Officers are currently looking for Francisco Hernandez. He is described as 5’-4” tall, 140 lbs., and has grayish hair and brown eyes. He has a prosthetic left leg and walks with a noticeable limp. He also has distinguishable facial skin discoloration. Francisco Gonzales is wanted for murder and police ask anyone who may know his whereabouts to call 911.
An autopsy has been scheduled for today and the identity of the victim will be withheld until the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office has confirmed it.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Any phone calls to Crime Stoppers can stay anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Information can also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text; Send a message to 274637 and type “TIP704” along with your message.
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