Father who allegedly stabbed man in front of his kids turns himself in

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A Rohnert Park who allegedly stabbed an acquaintance in the face while his two children looked turned himself in. 

According to the Petaluma Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Round Walk Village Apartment Complex at 8:23 p.m. Monday to respond to a domestic disturbance. 

At the scene, officers found a man with “significant stab wounds to his face and other parts of his body,” police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect knew each other and had a physical altercation. 

The altercation led to assault with a knife. 

The suspect was identified as Juan Martinez-Montano. 

Officers also learned that during the stabbing, the suspect’s two young children were in his vehicle and had witnessed the incident. 

Martinez-Montano fled the scene on foot, leaving his children in the car. 

Despite an extensive search, Martinez-Montano was not found. 

But on Tuesday, around 12:25 a.m., the suspect turned himself in at the Petaluma Police Department. 

He was arrested without incident and admitted to the assault. Detectives canvassed the area and located the knife, which Martinez-Montano had discarded.

He was transported and booked into the Sonoma County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment.


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