GILROY (CBS SF) — Authorities on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a man suspected of fatally stabbing his brother near Watsonville earlier this week following a standoff at a Gilroy hotel.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office issued a release early Thursday evening about the arrest. On Tuesday at around 9:40 p.m., deputies responded to the 100 Block of De Laney Avenue south of Watsonville after reports of a family disturbance.READ MORE: San Leandro Community Rallies for Reform on Anniversary of Steven Taylor's Police Shooting Death
Arriving deputies found a victim suffering from multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was later identified as 55-year-old Francisco Diaz.
Authorities identified the suspect in the fatal stabbing as Francisco’s brother, 38-year-old Watsonville resident Seledonio Diaz. The investigation into the homicide determined the suspect was at a hotel on the 8100 Block of Monterey Road in Gilroy.READ MORE: Lodi Parachute Center Skydiver Dies After Chute Gets Tangled on Descent
After a standoff Thursday morning where Seledonio Diaz barricaded himself in a hotel room and spoke with negotiators for several hours, the suspect surrendered peacefully to authorities at around 1:00 p.m. and was taken into custody.
The Gilroy Police Department, the Gilroy-Morgan Hill Regional SWAT Team, Gilroy Police Department negotiators and Santa Clara Police Department assisted the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office during the standoff and negotiations.
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Authorities said the motive in the homicide remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Detective Burnett 831-454-7702.