Above: Talon Debenedetto (L) and Eugene Boni (R) | Fresno PD
Two individuals have reportedly been arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of a Fresno man earlier this month.
According to a press release issued by the Fresno Police Department, officers from the Northwest Policing District responded shortly before 2 AM on Tuesday, May 16, to a call regarding the welfare of a male individual bleeding near the parking lot dumpsters at Clinton Avenue and Brawley Avenue.
The victim was later identified as 37-year-old Jonathan Garcia, who was found unresponsive and suffering from a neck injury. He was immediately transported to the Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. The cause of death was determined to be a stab wound to the neck, police said.
Following an extensive investigation, homicide detectives have identified and apprehended two suspects believed to be involved in the case. The suspects are identified as 34-year-old Talon Debenedetto and 43-year-old Eugene Boni.
Debenedetto was determined to be the primary suspect responsible for the fatal stabbing of Mr. Garcia, while Boni was charged as an accessory to murder for his involvement in the alleged theft that occurred before and after the crime. The motive behind the murder is believed to be related to the theft of personal property, police said.
Both the victim, Jonathan Garcia, and the suspect, Talon Debenedetto, were reportedly members of the unhoused community. Both suspects have since been booked into the Fresno County jail.
The investigation is ongoing. It was unclear at press time whether either of the suspects had retained an attorney.
The Fresno Police Department encourages anyone with additional information pertaining to this case (Case# 2305160085) to come forward and contact the authorities. Individuals can reach out to Homicide Detective Mark Yee at 559-621-2407 or Detective Justin Baroni at 559-621-2516.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can provide information to Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP (7867).