General Crime

Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez Fugitive Arrested for Crash That Killed His Brother a Year Ago

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Rohnert Park police have arrested a man wanted for his brother’s death in a car crash that happened a year ago. Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez, 27, allegedly stole a Chevrolet Tahoe from one of his brothers in front of a home in the 400 block of Anson Avenue in Rohnert Park on July 28, 2013. His brother Jose Sanchez-Martinez, 29, jumped on the side of the moving Tahoe, and his other brother Edgar Sanchez-Martinez, 27, jumped onto the passenger side, police Sgt. Aaron Johnson said.

The Tahoe was moving too quickly for the brothers to jump off before it crashed into a cement wall on Southwest Boulevard, Johnson said. Edgar Sanchez-Martinez was thrown from the SUV and died at the scene; Jose Sanchez-Martinez landed 50 feet away in a parking lot and was treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Johnson said.

Emmanuel fled the scene and was at large until Friday when Sebastopol police received an anonymous tip that he was in a Burger King in downtown Sebastopol, Johnson said. Sebastopol police notified the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety around 1:30 p.m. and officers from both agencies took him into custody on an arrest warrant, Johnson said. Emmanuel had put on weight, grew a beard and his hair was now styled in cornrows, Johnson said. “At first glance, you would not know it was him.

Conceivably you would have walked past him on the street and never looked twice,” Johnson said. Emmanuel also had a Mexican identification card with a false name, and is believed to have stayed in Sonoma County since the crash, Johnson said. “He got comfortable, somebody spotted him and let us know,” Johnson said. Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez was cooperative when he was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and driving without a license, Johnson said. He is being held under $750,000 bail in the Sonoma County Jail, and his arraignment today in Sonoma County Superior Court was continued until Aug. 12.

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