Modesto stabbing suspect still at large

01/13/2013 2:40 PM

01/14/2013 3:38 PM

Police are looking for a man suspected in a fatal stabbing in southeast Modesto on Saturday night who is believed to have escaped with help from the victim's family.

Firefighters and paramedics were called about 9 p.m. Saturday to a report of a stabbing in the Redwood Apartment complex on Yosemite Boulevard. They found a 55-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

Two family members have been arrested on suspicion of being accessories to murder, and the suspect remains at large, said police Lt. Rick Armendariz.

Police questioned family members who were in the apartment at the time of the stabbing. But Armendariz said several of them were uncooperative and gave conflicting information as to what happened.

Detectives discovered that the victim, who lived in the apartment, was assaulted by 50-year-old Francisco Hernandez Gonzales, Armendariz said. After the stabbing, two family members, 26-year-old Richard Gonzales and 33-year-old Jaime Bacca, drove the suspect from the scene to an unknown location, police said.

Armendariz said both Richard Gonzales and Bacca have been uncooperative with detectives and were subsequently arrested on the accessory charges and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Police are still looking for Francisco Gonzales. He is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 140 pounds with grayish hair and brown eyes. He has a prosthetic left leg, walks with a pronounced limp and has distinguishable facial skin discoloration.

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