On Sunday night, February 22, Placer County Sheriff’s detectives made an arrest in Friday’s fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Andrew Petrenko of Carmichael, according to an official press release.
Witness interviews and leads led detectives to the suspect’s apartment. Zachary Nicholas Gonzalez, 22 of Sacramento was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he resides. Gonzalez was taken to the Placer County Jail where he was booked on a murder charge. He is being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the Auburn jail courtroom on Tuesday, February 24 at 1 p.m.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. in a West Roseville neighborhood. The investigation indicates the victim was walking with friends to a party on Lanie Court when he exchanged words with the suspect, who was driving by. The suspect allegedly exited his car and stabbed the victim. Although the investigation is ongoing, it does not appear the victim and suspect knew each other.
Records show that Gonzalez was previously arrested in October for public intoxication. He was picked up by Sacramento Police Friday, October 3 at 1:47 in the morning at the AM/PM Mini Market at the Arco station on J Street and 29th in east Sacramento. The victim Andrew Petrenko also has a history with law enforcement. Records show he was arrested in June of last year in Placer County for threats and weapons charges, and in July in Sutter County for residential burglary, possessing stolen property, and conspiracy. Further details of those incidents were not available.
Petrenko’s family and friends have established a GoFundMe.com page to raise money for funeral costs.