SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two men charged with murder in the fatal early Sunday morning stabbing of a man working security at a downtown San Jose restaurant and bar were arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
San Jose residents Robert Ruiz, 32, and Aaron Vallejo, 24, are both facing murder charges in the stabbing death of 35-year-old Frank Navarro.
Dave Powell, owner of Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina, said outside the arraignment that Navarro had been working as head of security.
According to police, Ruiz and Vallejo were involved in an altercation with Navarro and his co-workers when Navarro was stabbed.
Navarro was pronounced dead at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, according to a Facebook post by Angela Tirado, the vice president of Eastridge Little League in East San Jose.
Navarro was the beloved president of the league and, according to social media posts, also coached baseball and football at Overfelt High School.
Ruiz and Vallejo are each expected to enter a plea on March 21. They are being represented by the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and are being held without bail.
Ruiz has also been charged with reckless driving while evading police early Sunday morning.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office sealed the statement of facts on the case, and Deputy District Attorney Lance Daugherty declined to comment after Wednesday’s hearing.
The fatal stabbing is San Jose’s sixth homicide of 2017.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Barg #3640 or Detective Smith #3487 of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.
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