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* Hayward Double Homicide Murder Charges Filed On Karl George Sanft

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A 34-year-old Union City man was charged with two counts of murder today for allegedly stabbing to death a security guard and a truck driver early Tuesday morning after he was spotted in the act of stealing a vehicle at a car auction.The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office also charged Karl George Sanft with carjacking and robbery.In addition, he was charged with five special circumstance clauses that could potentially bring the death penalty. Two of those are for allegedly murdering a witness, one for multiple murder, and one each for committing a murder during a carjacking and committing a murder during a robbery.The last charge is for having a prior attempted second-degree robbery conviction in October 2009. Sanft was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward after 2 p.m. today.Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister said investigators believe 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.Sanft was found in the stolen car Tuesday afternoon by police in Sunnyvale, who had been summoned by residents who reported a suspicious car, McAllister said.Sanft was initially 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 interview that ended early Thursday, McAllister said.

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