Stephen Gause-Subia; Santa Clara County booking photo and recent image from Facebook
Suspect Also Assaulted His Aunt
The Gilroy Police Department can now add murder charges to their suspect in a domestic dispute that had been listed as an attempted murder case. Their suspect is the victim Margarita Subia’s grandson, 20-year-old Stephen Gause-Subia. He is accused of attempting to kill is aunt as well.
On October 5, Gilroy Police received a call coming from a residence on the 8000 block of Wayland Lane in the city of Gilroy. The dispatcher could hear in the background “a women screaming”, and was able to obtain information that someone was bleeding. The caller also told the dispatcher that someone was also beaten.
When Gilroy Police arrived they found an 83-year-old woman and a 60-year-old woman both suffering from numerous stab wounds to their head, face and extremities. EMTs arrived and provided medical aid, and transported the victims to the hospital. Both victims were then transported by air to a local trauma center.
They both had emergency surgery to stabilize their condition. The 60-year-old woman was listed in serious but stable condition. But Margarita Subia was still in critical condition after the surgery. By Sunday, October 18, she had died due to her injuries. According to the Habing Family Funeral Home, she was laid to rest on Sunday, October 24.
After the attack, Stephen Gause-Subia had left the area, but he was later found about a mile away, wandering in the area of Murray Avenue, and was contacted by police. They took him into custody without incident and transported him to Santa Clara County Jail, and charged him with two counts of attempted murder, which has since been amended to one count of attempted murder and one count of murder.
As to the motive, police are still trying to determine why he attacked his own family. According to arrest records, he lives at the home where the stabbings occurred. He reported his occupation as dishwasher, possibly at Applebee’s according to a Facebook photo.
Gause-Subia has a history of recent arrests, but none reported before have been of a violent nature. In March of 2014, at 18, he was arrested for vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two weeks later he was charged with trespassing on closed lands.
In March of this year, he was arrested for disorderly conduct – public intoxication. After failing to appear in court, he was arrested for an outstanding warrant on that charge on August 7. With a new court date, a week later, he was arrested at Gilroy’s Arteagas $uper $ave Market on 1st Street for theft. On September 24, less than two weeks before his attack on his family members, he was arrested on outstanding warrants for both previous charges.