Santa Rosa, CA – September 13, 2019 – On Thursday morning, the Honorable Christopher
Honigsberg sentenced Santa Rosa Defendant Jose Lopez-Mendoza to serve an
aggregate term of 8 years in state prison for his violent stabbing of two bouncers
last year. This sentence stemmed from Lopez-Mendoza’s plea to two counts of assault
with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury in July.
The attack happenen back on August 25, 2018.
That evening the victims Tony Garcia-Abarca and Matthew Bazile were working as
bouncers at La Perla restaurant in Santa Rosa. As the night progressed staff
noticed Lopez-Mendoza’s highly intoxicated behavior and became concerned that
he was disrupting other patrons as they danced to live music. Eventually Bazile
escorted Lopez-Mendoza outside due to repeated disruptions of other patrons and
barred him from returning.
Lopez-Mendoza, upset at being kicked out, tried
to negotiate his way back into the restaurant. When that failed, he attempted
to force his way past Garcia-Abarca but was rebuffed. Lopez-Mendoza then stood
outside while Garcia-Abarca began speaking to other customers. With the
victim’s back turned, Lopez-Mendoza produced a knife and stabbed Garcia-Abarca
in the neck, back, arm, and hand. Seeing the commotion, Bazile rushed over to
help and was stabbed in the hand as well. Both victim’s suffered extensive
injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. Lopez-Mendoza, who
fled on foot, was arrested a few blocks away by Santa Rosa Police.
On Thursday after listening to multiple victim
impact statements, the court highlighted to Lopez-Mendoza the profound effect
these assults had on the victims. The court then imposed the sentence agreed
upon by the parties of six years in state prison for the attack on Garcia-Abarca
with an additional two years to run consecutive for the attack on Bazile.
case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Brian
Morimune who was assisted by Victim
Witness Advocate Rocio Torres-Murphy. Sgt.
Hector Deleon of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the