Brother arrested after fatal stabbing in Chula Vista

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing his younger brother to death in Chula Vista, police said.

EastLakeStabbing2The stabbing took place in a two-bedroom apartment or condominium that the two men shared with their mother and grandfather in the 2000 block of Lakeridge Circle, according to Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge.

At around 7:15 a.m., several people called police saying they heard someone scream for help, Wedge said. When police arrived, they found the body of  24-year-old Mario Gonzales-Figueroa lying on the floor of one of the bedrooms. Wedge said he appeared to have been stabbed to death.

A resident of the complex told investigators that he saw the victim’s brother ride away from the complex on a bicycle. The witness said the man’s leg and clothes were covered with blood.

Police broadcast the suspect’s description to patrol officers, and a National City police officer arrested a man fitting the description near 30th and Prospect streets in National City a short time later, Wedge said. He identified the suspect as the victim’s brother, 35-year-old Alberto Gonzales-Figueroa.

The men’s grandfather was the only other person in the apartment during the fight, Wedge said. He told detectives that he went into the bedroom when he heard a cry for help and saw the brothers struggling on the floor. He said he ran from the apartment and asked a neighbor to call police.

Wedge said police had been called to the apartment earlier this year because of an altercation between the brothers. In January, officers investigated a disturbance between the siblings at the condo, and the older one was taken into custody after he allegedly battered a patrol officer, the captain said.

The suspect was being held in San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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