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Four suspects, three of them teens, booked in Arden Arcade stabbing death

Published: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

Four suspects, including three teenagers, are accused in the stabbing death of a man who tried to intervene in an altercation outside his Arden Arcade home last week.

Shannon Gregg, 41, died in the Wednesday night stabbing outside his Wyda Way home. Two others – a 15-year-old friend of Gregg’s daughter and a 29-year-old neighbor who stopped to help – were wounded.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives believe the violence stemmed from a misperception that the 15-year-old victim was a rival gang member. Authorities say none of the three victims is affiliated with a gang, nor were they armed.

Sebastian Flores Torres, however, is affiliated with a Sureño gang, said sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Bowman. Torres, 21, and three teens – two of them 15 years old and one 16 – were arrested over the weekend in connection with the stabbings. The teens were not identified because of their ages.

Authorities said the 15-year-old victim was at a store near Wyda Way and Bell Street with friends when he was harassed by a group who thought he was from a rival gang based on his appearance. The people harassing him used gang-related language and showed gang signs with their hands. The teen ignored the group and walked with his friends back to the Wyda Way home.

Not long after, the people who had been harassing the teen drove up to the home and started an argument with him and his friends, who were outside, according to authorities. Gregg, 41, ran outside, followed by his girlfriend. A fight ensued, leaving the three victims stabbed.

Torres is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge in Sacramento Superior Court today. He had been expected to return to court in May for further proceedings in a misdemeanor domestic-violence case filed against him in August, according to Superior Court records available online. Torres has one prior conviction in Sacramento County, following a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor accessory charge in 2012.

On Monday, candle wax covered the grass where Gregg lay dying that night, along with plastic roses and a pinwheel that spun in the breeze. A sign pinned to a nearby tree read: “They didn’t just take one person from the world, they took the world from so many.”

Call The Bee’s Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

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