Tracy man dies from stab wounds
by Jon Mendelson
Sep 19, 2012 | 18023 views | 9 9 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two suspects were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 19 for the fatal stabbing of a Tracy man on West Whittier Avenue earlier that day, according to police.

Capt. John Espinoza, of the Tracy Police Department, said Wednesday that 22-year-old Victor Garcia and his 21-year-old sister, Samantha Garcia, both of Modesto, were arrested by Tracy police in Modesto at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, for the alleged murder of 22-year-old Phillip Gregory Sanchez.

Sanchez was reportedly stabbed multiple times in the upper torso between 12:17 and 12:22 a.m., according to Espinoza.

Investigators believe Victor Garcia carried out the stabbing, but Espinoza said both Garcias will likely be charged with murder. The two were booked in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp as of 7:30 p.m., but no formal charges were listed, according to the jail website.

Victor Garcia is on probation and was on parole from prison until Assembly Bill 109 transferred the responsibility of some prisoners from the state to the local level, according to Espinoza,.

Officers responded to an initial report of a fight at 12:17 a.m. on the 200 block of West Whittier Avenue, Espinoza said. The suspects allegedly drove away from scene shortly after police were called, he noted

Espinoza wasn’t sure exactly when officers arrived on scene, but said that officers called for an ambulance about four minutes after the fight was first reported.

Sanchez was taken by ambulance to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No weapon was recovered at the alleged crime scene, Espinoza said. Police have an idea of what caused Sanchez's wounds but Espinoza would not discuss any details because the case is still under investigation.

“(I) can’t give any more details at the time,” he said.

Espinoza said that witness reports helped to identify one of the suspects and then track the pair to Modesto.

“All the officers on the scene worked through the night,” he said.

Espinoza did not release any further information, except that the two would be booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

“Right now it’s still ongoing investigation,” he said.

Sanchez’s death is the fourth homicide this year in Tracy.

Jose Anthony Sosa Jr. became the first homicide victim this year when he was fatally shot on Walnut Avenue near 11th Street on Feb. 4. Samuel Inguanzo of Tracy and Manuel Pelayo of Stockton are charged in that alleged murder.

On Feb. 24, Tracy resident Everuvaldo Cruz-Espino was shot in the neck while driving a car north on Tracy Boulevard near Whispering Wind Drive. He later died on March 1, and Daniel Batchelder and Francisco Limon have been arrested and charged in that killing.

On July 7 at the Hacienda Inn, 639 W. 11th St., Lalita Patel was allegedly assaulted and murdered by Stephen Andrew Carreiro. He is also being tried for the alleged crime.

• Contact Jon Mendelson 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.
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wikid
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September 21, 2012
My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Sanchez family and all those affected by this unfortunate situation. Greg you were a great person.. who's smile brighten up the room..your personality was so lively. you had a great sense of humor that could change any mood. you said the most funniest stuff at the most randoms times. you loved your life and thoses you shared it with. it was nice seein you in july. You got me hook to that song by riff raff the one your sister doesnt like. all i can see is your bright huge smile..and hear your laugh.. and see the funny faces you would make. your gonna be truely missed by everyone's life whom you touched. Greg you are truely loved by everyone whom knew you. you will live thru everyone. may you watch over your sister and your babygirl, and your mom & dad and stephanie and thoses who hold you the closest to their hearts. Rest in paradise Greg..your memory will live on..forever in our hearts..we will all carry you everywhere we go. miss you greg..you are in my thoughts. may the sanchez family find strength thru one of the mose tuffest battles in their life. all of you guys are in my prayers and thouhts.

Love always Ida
shelly13
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September 20, 2012
Did I miss something? breezy - who is Greg?

Also what the heck happened?

All parolees should wear monitors.

Nicki2
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September 20, 2012
Shelly13..looks like Gregory was his middle name.

My condolences to his friends and family.

Someone tell me how this is suppose to be saving money by letting people out early or by not sending them to prison. Now the county/city has to pick up the tab.
shelly13
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September 20, 2012
Duh. OMG I so did not catch that the first time. Thanks! and Yes, condolences to the family.
breezy1923
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September 19, 2012
R.I.P. Greg. A young soul and big hearted man gone too soon. You were a great guy, hilarious, loving, and had an amazing personality and laugh that warmed everyone's heart. You will truly be missed
ChrisRoberts
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September 19, 2012
Is this the same Phillip who sold newspapers for the San Jose Mercury News?
breezy1923
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September 19, 2012
No.

rmgangie
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September 19, 2012
Gone but never forgotten! R.I.P. PHILLIP I LOVE U BEST FRIEND
discjockey
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September 19, 2012
RIP PHILLIP... U WONT BE FORGOTTEN. BUT LETS BRING UP OUR SYSTEM THEY LET ALL THESE PAROLEES COME DOWN TO THE LOCAL LEVEL AND PUT THEM ON PROBATION SO OUR SYSTEM IS SOME WHAT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS EVENT RIGHT. THE POLICE DO THERE JOBS BUT THE SYSTEM WANTS TO CUT A FRICKEN DEAL. RIGHT MONEY OVER CRIME THATS WHY WE HAVE A DAMN BAD AND HIGH CRIME RATE THESE PEOPLE DONT CARE ABOUT KILLING SOMEONE BECAUSE ITS A SLAP ON THE HAND. NOW IF THESE TWO WOULD HAVE KILLED A POODLE ALL HELL WOULD BREAK OUT THEY WOULD BE PUT TO DEATH. THats whats wrong with our system lets cut a deal. rip greg.


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