Second suspect arrested in Livingston stabbing

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 16, 2014 

— Livingston police on Thursday night identified and arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a stabbing that left two people injured.

Cesar Ybarra was identified by the victims through a photo lineup, said Police Chief Ruben Chavez. Officers arrested Ybarra at his residence in the 2800 block of Tulare Court.

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

Authorities are searching for one other suspect: 24-year-old Juan Trenado.

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

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

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

Ybarra also had several lacerations to his back area, which police say are a result of the attack. 

Chavez said Thursday that 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, (209) 394-7916.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the department’s crime tip line at (209) 394-3640 or e-mailing tips@livingstonpd.org.

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

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