Three people were arrested and linked to a stabbing and shooting in Santa Rosa that left one dead.
The victim was identified as Asante VanDyke, 27, of Santa Rosa. Two more victims also suffered life-threatening injuries.
The violence occurred at the Intersection of Mendocino Avenue and Carrillo Street on February 2, around 1:50 a.m.
According to Santa Rosa Police Department Violent Crime Team detectives, “It appears the victims were in an argument with an unknown number of suspects. The argument escalated to violence when the suspects began stabbing and shooting the victims.”
“Witnesses and evidence on the scene helped identify three possible suspects,” police wrote.
Later, a SWAT team located and arrested Richard Fabian Ponce, 25, of Windsor. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for homicide and attempted homicide.
The following day, Evelina Trujillo, 35, was arrested at her home on Martina Avenue in Santa Rosa. She is accused of accessory after the fact to homicide.
On Monday night, police found the third suspect, Braulio Garcia III, 36, on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide. He is believed to be Trujillo’s boyfriend.
“Garcia and Trujillo are boyfriend and girlfriend,” police said.
Detectives are still looking for a fourth suspect, 39-year-old Louis Campos of Santa Rosa, who remains at large.
Anyone with information about Campos’ whereabouts is encouraged to call SRPD at 707-528-5222.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund for information leading to Campos’ arrest.
VanDyke’s family described his death as senseless violence.
“Our niece Kelli … lost her young son Asante to a senseless, violent homicide. Asante was stabbed and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, leaving Kelli and his grandmother in complete horror and disbelief,” VanDyke’s family wrote on GoFundMe. “Asante was well liked in his community, loved photography and was exceptionally close to his mother and grandmother. He was a sweet soul.”
A second victim is still recovering in a hospital, and the third victim was released from the hospital, according to police.