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Two arrested following fatal stabbing at San Leandro’s Washington Plaza

SAN LEANDRO — Two people have been arrested for their suspected roles in a double stabbing that killed one man and left another fighting for his life, police said.
Michael Mendozaroche, 23, of Alameda, and Alex Fernandez, 23, of Oakland, were arrested Wednesday at their respective homes, police said. Police did not say immediately what charges they will seek from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
Detectives identified Mendozaroche and Fernandez through interviews and video surveillance that captured a fight in a parking lot at Washington Plaza late Tuesday, San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Isaac Benabou said. Officers arrived to 1499 Washington Ave. around 11 p.m. and found two men each stabbed more than once.
One died at the scene. Authorities have not identified him.
The other remained critical condition at a hospital Thursday, police said. He underwent emergency surgery after the stabbing.
Detectives also found other evidence, including the possible weapon used in the stabbing, at the scene, Benabou said. The Washington Plaza area is an outdoor shopping center with several shops and restaurants, as well as a grocery store.
“So far we know that four men left a nearby restaurant/bar after closing and got into some sort of argument in the parking lot,” Benabou said. “This is an involved case that will require many more hours of work. We want to conduct a complete and thorough investigation for the victims and to ensure that both suspects are held accountable for their crimes.”
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The investigating remains active, Benabou said. Police encouraged anyone with information to call San Leandro police at 510-577-2740.

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