A 19-year-old Santa Rosa man will be arraigned Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of a young man during what police called a gang dispute.
Raul Vega was arrested late Monday on suspicion of murder with gang enhancements for both being a gang member and acting to benefit a street gang, court records show.
A fight erupted Saturday evening between Vega and Juan Carlos Angel-Esparza, 20, on the grounds of Kawana Elementary School, Santa Rosa police officials said.
Angel-Esparza was stabbed several times and died from a direct stab to his heart, police said.
The young men were believed to be members of rival subsets of a gang, Sgt. Steve Fraga said.
Vega was convicted in November of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent as a minor, court files show.
Vega will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Department 9.
- Julie Johnson