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Woodland police seek two men in connection with fatal stabbing

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Woodland police are looking for two men in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred Tuesday night.

Officers who responded to the 600 block of Elm Street about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday found 33-year-old Scott Michael Zumbrum of Woodland on the ground with a stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said dispatchers had been told that a fight had occurred.

Police announced Thursday that they are looking for two men, Julio Demetrio Gayton, 26, who is identified as a suspect, and Jesse Armando Tapia, 23, who is listed as a person of interest in the case.

Gayton is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. He has an upside-down spade tatooed near his right eye and “Angelo” tatooed on his left arm. The Woodland Police Department has an arrest warrant for Gayton for homicide, according to a department news release.

Tapia is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. His tattoos include a star on the left forehead and above the left eye, and “RIP Billy” on a forearm. Police said Tapia is a parolee at large and is also wanted for a New Mexico arrest warrant.

Police said both men should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. Anyone who sees the men is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800 or (530) 666-2411. Callers may remain anonymous.


Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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