by Antoinnette Borbon
Five suspects facing murder charges with criminal street gang enhancements have made their first appearance in court.
Carlos Biviescas, Martyn Alex Contreras, Anthony Daniel Rivera, Zackary Thomas Sandeno and Victor Manuel Vergara have been charged with murder, along with gang-related enhancements.
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office filed a two-part amended complaint, emphasizing that the crime was of a criminal street gang nature.
Both Anthony Rivera and Carlos Biviescas have requested a continuance to retain private counsel.
They stood small in stature, one at a time, as the judge read the charges against them.
Biviescas answered, “Yes, your honor, I understand and I am currently looking for counsel. Rivera repeated the same, as he responded to the judge.
The family of those two defendants were present.
Witnesses say a fight broke out in KetMoRee Thai Restaurant & Bar at about 1:30 AM on Saturday, September 19.
A Hacienda Heights man, Peter Gonzales, 23, died of a fatal stab wound. He was taken to the UCD Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to UCD employee alert emails.
Mr. Gonzales was in Davis to attend his sister’s wedding.
Davis Police, along with help from YONET (Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team) and the Yolo County Gang Task Force, are actively searching for the sixth suspect, Joseph Gregory Sandeno, who remains at large.
Many in the Davis community still in shock over the death of Gonzales.
“It used to be a calm, safe place to raise your kids, to live but I’m not so sure anymore,” stated a downtown resident.