Man sentenced to prison in 2018 double stabbing at Santa Rosa restaurant

The suspect, who police found covered in blood, had been kicked out of the business the night of the stabbing in 2018.|

A Santa Rosa man was sentenced Thursday morning to eight years in prison for a 2018 stabbing that injured two security guards, according to a news release from the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Friday.

The sentence, handed down by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Christopher Honigsberg, came two months after Jose Lopez-Mendoza, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, according to the release.

The stabbing played out in front of La Perla Tapatia, 1709 Santa Rosa Ave., after an overly intoxicated Lopez-Mendoza was kicked out of the restaurant Aug. 25, 2018, for disturbing other customers as they danced to live music, according to the release.

Lopez-Mendoza, who was barred from returning the restaurant, attempted to force his way past bouncer Tony Garcia-Abarca but failed. When Garcia-Abarca turned his attention to other customers, Lopez-Mendoza stabbed Garcia-Abarca with a knife in the neck, back, arm, prosecutors said.

A second guard, Matthew Bazile, saw the fight and rushed to help, but was stabbed in the hand by Lopez-Mendoza, the office said. Both men were taken to the hospital.

Lopez-Mendoza fled on foot but was arrested by Santa Rosa police officers a few blocks away from the business. His hands and clothes were covered in blood, police said soon after the arrest.

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