A 20-year-old man, on the run since a Sept. 19 stabbing death at a popular downtown Davis bar, was arrested over the weekend following a traffic stop in Vacaville.
Joseph Sandeno, 20, of Vacaville, became the sixth person taken into the custody in the killing of college student Peter Alexander Gonzales, 23, of Hacienda Heights.
Gonzales was killed during a fight at a popular Davis restaurant and nightclub, KetMoRee, on downtown G Street. Gonzales was visiting Davis at the time to celebrate his sister’s wedding when authorities say he was set upon by six alleged Norteño gang members from Vacaville.
Sandeno has been sought by authorities since being named in an arrest warrant soon after the killing, police said.
He was stopped at around 1 a.m. Saturday by Vacaville police investigating a suspicious vehicle report in that city, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.
As Vacaville officers questioned Sandeno and another man in the car, “they found prescription medicine they weren’t supposed to have. … In that same vehicle, they also found a handgun,” Doroshov said.
Once Sandeno’s identity was determined, he was turned over to Davis police on the murder warrant and booked into Yolo County jail.
Sandeno’s brother, Zackary Sandeno, 21, was arrested soon after the killing on suspicion of murder. The other people who are charged in the case and in custody are Carlos Biviecas, 24, Martyn Contreras, 25, Anthony Rivera, 25 and Victor Vergara, 22.