Hayward police said today that they believe a 34-year-old Union City man stabbed to death a security guard and a truck driver after he was spotted in the act of stealing a vehicle at a car auction lot early Tuesday. Police Capt. Darryl McAllister said investigators believe the suspect, Karl George Sanft, a 6-foot-3, 316-pound man who has a criminal record, drove to the Manheim San Francisco Bay lot at 1901 Addison Way in Hayward around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, rammed through the locked front gate and stole another vehicle.McAllister said it’s believed that Sanft fatally stabbed security guard Angelito Erasquin, a 63-year-old Hayward man, when Erasquin attempted to stop him.Investigators think Sanft then fatally stabbed truck driver James Wightman, a 63-year-old Central Point, Ore., man, because Wightman saw Sanft kill Erasquin and would have been a witness, McAllister said.Wightman frequently delivered vehicles to the car auction lot and was using the site as a place to rest, according to McAllister. The auto auction business is on a 73-acre property that houses more than 2,000 cars.Sanft was found Tuesday afternoon in the stolen car by police in Sunnyvale, who had been summoned by residents who reported a suspicious car, McAllister said.Sanft was booked on car theft charges and other evidence eventually linked him to the Hayward double homicide, McAllister said.Among the evidence that was recovered was a large fixed-blade knife that police believe Sanft used to kill Erasquin and Wightman.The evidence was gathered as a result of several searches, including searches of Sanft’s house and the car he left at the auto auction site.Hayward police brought Sanft in for questioning Wednesday and he confessed to killing Erasquin and Wightman in a three-and-a-half hour interview that ended early this morning, McAllister said.Police believe that Sanft acted alone.Sanft was booked on suspicion of murder, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property and is expected to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward at 2 p.m. on Friday. He is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail.”This is a very brutal crime that has really impacted the families and also the Hayward community at large,” McAllister said.He described the crime scene as “horrific and very disturbing.”The investigation was “gut-wrenching and exhausting” but police are “ecstatic” that McAllister is in custody, McAllister said.He said six investigators worked around the clock to solve the case.
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