Sixth Suspect Arrested for Fatal Stabbing in Davis
Joseph Sandeno from an earlier booking photo
YOLO COUNTY—Police have arrested the sixth suspect in the September fatal stabbing of a man in Davis.
Joseph Sandeno, 20 of Vacaville, was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Vacaville at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28. Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle report, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.
Sandero and five others are being held responsible for the murder on September 19 of Peter Alexander Gonzales, 23 of Hacienda Heights, in a Davis restaurant and nightclub. Hacienda Heights is in Los Angeles County.
Gonzales, who was in Davis at the time for his sister’s wedding, was killed during a fight at KetMoRee on downtown’s G Street. Gonzales was at the restaurant with other members of the bridal party when his brothers got into a fight with Sandeno and five others, who are alleged Norteño gang members from Vacaville. Gonzales jumped into the altercation to help his brothers, but was stabbed. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Sandeno has been on the run since that time. As Vacaville officers questioned Sandeno and another man in the car, “they found prescription medicine they weren’t supposed to have. … In that same vehicle, they also found a handgun,” said Doroshov.
Once his identity was confirmed, Sandeno was turned over to Davis police on the murder warrant and booked into Yolo County jail.
Sandeno’s brother, Zackary Sandeno, 21, was arrested soon after the killing on suspicion of murder. The others charged in the case and in custody are Carlos Biviecas, 24, Martyn Contreras, 25, Anthony Rivera, 25 and Victor Vergara, 22.
Joseph Sandeno and his brother Zackary were arrested together by Vacaville Police in August of 2014. They were pulled over at 11:45 on Sunday, August 10 at the corner of Marshall and Nut Tree, near St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Notre Dame School. Zackary was charged with driving under the influence and violating his probation, while Joseph was arrested for disorderly conduct – public intoxication, and resisting arrest.
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