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Two men charged in fatal Federal Way stabbing

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
October 17, 2012 11:36 pm

King County prosecutors charged Jorge Santos-Rocha, 24, and Santiago De La Cruz, 27, with second-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in connection with the stabbing death of a man outside a Federal Way bar Saturday.

The defendants were also charged with second-degree assault for hitting and injuring another man with a vehicle, prosecutors said.

According to charging documents:

Officers were called to a fight at a bar in the 2000 block of South 320th Street.

They arrived to find the body of 34-year-old Luis Garcia Caceres in the parking lot.

He had two stab wounds to his upper chest and lower abdomen. The chest wound caused his death.

Witnesses told investigators the defendants, Garcia Caceres and another man had been thrown out of the bar after being involved in a fight. The defendants then got into a vehicle, with De La Cruz driving and Santos-Rocha as the passenger, witnesses told police.

The car drove toward the Garcia Caceres and the other man, Santos-Rocha got out, and De La Cruz sped forward and hit the other man.

Meanwhile, Santos-Rocha began punching Garcia-Caceres, who tried to use his belt against the defendant.

A witness told police he thought he saw something in Santos-Rocha’s hand.

De La Cruz drove the car over to pick up Santos-Rocha, and Garcia-Caceres fell down and did not get up, the documents state.

De La Cruz remained at large Wednesday.

Santos-Rocha is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 29.

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