Valley man killed in Agua Caliente fight


A 25-year-old Sonoma Valley man died following a fight with a 19-year-old suspect in Agua Caliente near the Valley of the Moon Teen Center Friday evening.

According to Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett, Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the Teen Center, along with medical personnel, on the report of a fight at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, they found paramedics from the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority performing life support measures on the victim. The victim was transported to Sonoma Valley Hospital where life support measures continued until he was declared dead at approximately 7 p.m.

The victim was later identified as Mario Zamudio Perez, from Sonoma Valley.

Police reports indicate that no weapons were involved in the fight and that the victim may have died following a blow to the head, after which he may have hit his head on the ground.

Police said late Friday night that no motive had been established for the crime but that the suspect, Joshua Javier Gonzalez, age 19, also from Sonoma Valley, had been located and taken into custody. 
An autopsy is scheduled for next week to determine the manner and cause of death.

Gonzalez was booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility for involuntary manslaughter. He is currently being held on $25,000 bail while awaiting arraignment. Sackett said there was no evidence the fight was gang-related or that the suspect knew the victim.

Sackett added that an investigation of the crime by detectives from the Sheriff’s Violent Crime Investigations and Crime Scene Investigations units was still underway, and he confirmed that the fight took place near the Teen Center but that the Teen Center was, itself, not a factor in the incident.

For additional information on the case, call the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Investigation unit at 565-2185.

  • Haight Ashbury

    This tends to happen when someone on top of the victim repeatedly smashes the victims head into the concrete. A clear intent to kill is shown by this technique.

    • Krabs Pants Eating Money

      We all know what you’re referencing, and it’s quite silly really.

      • Haight Ashbury

        I am referencing the fact that the victim was found with multiple severe injuries to the back of his head not typically found in a fistfight. SRMH ER report.

        • Krabs Pants Eating Money

          Link please.

          • Haight Ashbury

            Call VOM and SRMH yourself.

    • http://www.dicelloparalegal.com/ Jeff DiCello

      The article does not say anyone sat on top of anyone and smashed their head into the concrete.

      • Krabs Pants Eating Money

        Maybe Haight is just hallucinating.

  • Rob

    I heard that two weeks ago there was a shoothing at rancho vista park and a shooting at the homes by Aguacaliente pool. Then a kid was arested at maxwel park for guns. There was a guy arested at larsens park to with a gun. Saturday a man gets beat to death. Wake up everyone. Poverty makes crime and drugs and gangs. Thats what is geting more in this valley. Cant you see that. Think about why this is going on. It is realy obvious. Who is next. you or your children or your mom. Maybe you will then want to stop it.

    • Dee Test

      As long as our government is committed to providing an ongoing cheap labor stream, rather than preserving a decent quality of life for the American people, the deterioration of our communities is guaranteed. This will not end until the current politicians are all put out to pasture.

  • Jack Shmollie

    Hot headed Latinos ? Nahhh , couldn’t be .

    • Rob

      Now Jack, that is Not what I said. I was thinking more along the lines of Canadians.

      • Krabs Pants Eating Money

        Canada has had some very heinous crimes in their history, too. Mass murders, serial killings, etc.

  • Sara Brett

    ahh Sonoma is a sh!7 hole. so happy I am leaving.

  • Rik Stators

    what’s a 25 year old doing in a teen space?

  • Kate Todd

    The Victim did know the suspect, his brother was best friends with the suspect. The victim had made it clear to his brother that he wanted to fight the suspect, why you ask….because of a girl in Santa Rosa who was together with both of them. And how do I know this because I work with both suspect and the brother of the victim. Before people go sparking allegations, know the facts first!!!