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Four suspects arrested in Woodland mobile home homicide

An unidentified man washes blood from the front steps of a Woodland mobile home Aug. 31, 2016, after a man was stabbed to death in the area the night before. Woodland police said they were shot at while investigating the homicide.
An unidentified man washes blood from the front steps of a Woodland mobile home Aug. 31, 2016, after a man was stabbed to death in the area the night before. Woodland police said they were shot at while investigating the homicide. Sacramento Bee file

Four suspects have been arrested in connection to a fatal stabbing in a Woodland mobile home park that left a man dead Tuesday night, a Woodland Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.

Woodland police said the same officers who responded to the scene were later shot at by someone in a passing car as they conducted their investigation.

The four suspects in the homicide, identified as Alexis Ivan Velasquez, 18, Justin Mathew Gonzalez, 22, Cynthia Maria Tello, 23, and Vanessa Ramos, 22, face murder charges with criminal gang enhancements, said Sgt. Brett Hancock, a department spokesman. Tello and Ramos each face an additional charge for knowingly harboring or concealing a felon after a crime.

A knife in connection to the stabbing was found by the Yolo County gang task force, which took over the investigation after developing information about suspected participants in the stabbing. The stabbing victim has not yet been identified by the Yolo County coroner.

Woodland police officers were sent to Casa Del Sol, 709 East St., a mobile home park, about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in response to reports of a fight, according to Hancock.

Officers found a man who had been stabbed outside of his home.

Ambulance and Woodland Fire Department medical personnel tried to save the man but were not successful. A witness identified several people at the scene when the man was stabbed.

By Wednesday morning, the only remnants of the stabbing were two pairs of blood-soaked tennis shoes and a trail of blood leading to the doorstep of a Woodland mobile home. Hancock said a motive for the homicide is still unknown.

As officers were investigating the scene for evidence Tuesday night, a vehicle drove by on East Street. Someone in the passing vehicle shouted derogatory remarks at the assembled officers and fired a gun at police, Hancock said. A slug hit an unoccupied police vehicle on the driver’s side door. The vehicle then drove away, Hancock said.

“One of the rounds nearly struck an officer while they were standing there,” Hancock said.

To complete the Tuesday night part of the investigation, Woodland police received on-scene security from neighboring agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, West Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento Police Department.

Hancock said Wednesday that investigators with the Woodland Police Department are still searching for the gunman in the attempted homicide of law enforcement officers. He said no descriptions of the assailant or the vehicle in the drive-by shooting were available.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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