Man arrested in Livingston stabbing

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 16, 2014 

— One man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a screwdriver stabbing that left two people injured, police said.

Mario Zurita, Jr., 30, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit a crime, and first degree burglary, said Police Chief Ruben Chavez.

Authorities are searching for two other suspects: 24-year-old Juan Trenado and an unidentified male.

Chavez said the incident stems from an argument that broke out around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 800 block of Briarwood Drive. Mario Zurita Jr., Juan Trenado, and another unknown male approached the victims — identified as Karn Sandhu and Ceasar Careera — inside an open garage.

The three suspects produced stabbing weapons, possibly screwdrivers, and attacked both victims before fleeing, Chavez said. Sandhu, 24, received several stab wounds and cuts to his body and Careera, 24, received two stab wounds.

Officers described Careera’s wounds as minor and said Sandhu received more serious injuries. Both victims were taken to area hospitals and are expected to recover from their injuries.

The third unidentified male is believed to have also received a stab wound, police said.

Chavez said Thursday Trenado is still outstanding and being sought by police. The motive for the attack is unknown, he said, although the parties are known to each other.

Chavez said several of the people involved in the incident are “known gang members,” but said it was still too early to know if the incident was motivated by any gang activity. “The motive is still under investigation and you just can’t be sure when alcohol gets involved in an argument,” Chavez said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Juan Trenado or information about the case is asked to contact Detective-Sgt. Ray Fong at the Livingston Police Department at (209) 394-7916.

 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the department’s crime tip line at 394-3640 or e-mail tips@livingstonpd.org.

Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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