Rohnert Park police say dispute over woman leads to stabbing death

  • Roy “RJ” Kauwe, Rohnert Park stabbing victim

A Rohnert Park man was arrested on suspicion of murder late Thursday in what police said was the stabbing death of another Rohnert Park man, apparently stemming from a fight over a woman.

Rohnert Park public safety officers found Roy Kauwe, 22, dead inside his apartment, in the 400 block of Laguna Drive. He had suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck and a pocketknife was found lying nearby, police said.

Officers were called to the scene at Edgewood Apartments shortly after 11 p.m. after someone reported to police dispatch that he had just hurt or killed his friend, police said.

Officers encountered the caller, 25-year-old Daniel James Dieters, standing in the parking lot of the apartment complex, per direction from dispatchers, said Sgt. Jeff Justice.

Then officers found Kauwe inside his apartment. Dieters lived on the same street, Justice said, adding that he has no criminal history with the Rohnert Park police department.

It appears the stabbing was preceded by a dispute over a woman, based on statements made by Dieters and the woman, Justice said.

The woman, 23, arrived at the apartment just before Dieters called 911, Justice said. It's unclear what was happening at the time she arrived, Justice said. Police interviewed the woman before releasing her.

Police suspect the pocketknife recovered at the scene was the weapon used in the killing, Justice said.

Kauwe's family members, who called him "RJ," expressed shock at the nature of his death.

"He is not the kind of person who was ever in trouble, who ever got in a fight," said his older sister, Melissa Kauwe-Warner. "It's incredibly shocking to all of us."

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