Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nunez, 3 Others Arrested for Alleged Stabbing

The son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is among four young men, who went searching for revenge after being turned away from a fraternity party the night a San Diego Mesa College student was stabbed to death, then tried to destroy evidence, according to an arrest warrant released yesterday.

According to authorities, Esteban Nunez, 19, and three others were brought back to San Diego on Wednesday to face murder charges in the death of a student from Concord. The four suspects were arrested Tuesday in Sacramento.

The four are charged with one count of murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of vandalism for the Oct. 2 death and face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of murder. Nunez, Rafael Garcia, Ryan Jett and Leshanor Thomas, all 19, face the same charges.

After reportedly being turned away from a fraternity party near San Diego State University, Esteban Nunez and the others moved on to a friend's apartment, where they drank beer and rum.

The four left the apartment and later encountered a group of men exiting a fraternity party around 2 a.m. Two of the stabbing victims interviewed in the hospital informed police they were challenged to a fight.

A felony complaint filed in San Diego County Superior Court said the defendants used a knife or multiple knives to injure the four men.

Luis Santos, a 22-year-old student at San Diego Mesa College, died at the scene.

Police also say there may have been gang implications in the event, noting in the arrest warrant, that the four defendants belonged to a "close-knit group of friends who call themselves 'THC' aka The Hazard Crew."

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