A Rohnert Park man wanted by police for the past year as a suspect in a fatal car crash that killed one of his brothers and injured another was in custody Tuesday.
Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez, 27, was recognized while at a fast food restaurant despite attempting to disguise his looks, according to Rohnert Park police. He had put on weight and grown out his hair into corn rows and had a long beard, said Sgt. Aaron Johnson. The man also carried a fake identification card with a new name.
It would have been easy for officers to walk right by the man and not recognize him as the suspected driver they had been seeking, Johnson said.
But while eating Friday at a Burger King in Sebastopol, someone called Sebastopol police with an anonymous tip. The caller said a man in the restaurant was wanted in connection with a fatal crash.
The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 2013.
Rohnert Park officers were called to Southwest Boulevard where they found a wrecked Chevrolet Tahoe and a busted water hydrant spewing a torrent of water. They also found Edgar Sanchez-Martinez, 27, who was dead near the wrecked vehicle. His brother, Jose Sanchez, was found nearby, alive but injured.
The driver had run.
Officers determined the man behind the wheel was their brother, Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez. A felony arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, who had no criminal history.
Hours before the crash police had been called to an Anson Avenue home due to an argument between the three brothers.
Later in the night, the dispute flared up. The unlicensed suspect began driving away from the home in the SUV, which was owned by one of his brothers, according to police.