Eric Ronald Sargeant, Jr: Suspect Francisco Zavala, 2 More Nabbed In Cellphone Murder
Three people, including two teenagers, have been arrested in the stabbing death of SoCal 16-year-old Eric Ronald Sargeant, Jr., who was reportedly attacked for his cellphone.
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The Riverside County Sheriff's Department said deputies identified, tracked down and arrested the three in unincorporated East Hemet yesterday: The teens are underage and thus would not be identified.
A third suspect, however, is 20 and was ID'd as ...
... Francisco Zavala.
He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, sheriff's officials said in a statement: The other two suspects, 15 and 17, were being held at a juvenile hall, also on suspicion of murder.
The attack at Acacia Avenue and Cherrywood Drive in East Hemet was reported at 4:45 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
Sargeant was in bad enough shape when first-responders arrived that they had him taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was initially listed in critical-but-stable condition, deputies said.
But at 10:15 that night he died, they said.
Neighbors were shocked, and friends and relatives held a vigil for the teen the very next day.