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Roger Pacheco

HAYWARD -- A 19-year-old Hayward man was arrested Tuesday night in connection to a fatal Valentine's Day stabbing in a downtown city parking lot.

Roger Pacheco is one of four suspects in the Feb. 14 slaying of Jayson Dutt, 24. Hayward police, assisted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, found Pacheco hiding in a closet inside a home in unincorporated Hayward at 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Eric Melendez.

Dutt was found fatally stabbed in a city-owned lot behind Buffalo Bill's Brew Pub at 1082 B St. near Foothill Boulevard, police said. Officers called to the scene shortly before 12:30 a.m. found Dutt stabbed and he died at the scene.

Four suspects were identified in the killing and three were arrested on Feb. 14: Daniel Ramirez, 29, his brother Robert Ramirez, 27, and Jose Vasquez, 19, all of Hayward. Police also identified Pacheco as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest from the Alameda County District Attorney.

On Tuesday, investigators received a tip Pacheco was at a home on the 19000 block of Lowell Avenue and located him with a small group of people. When officers arrived, Pacheco ran and a perimeter was set up around the home. Pacheco was later located hiding in a closet at the home of an acquaintance and taken into custody, police said.

On Feb. 14, investigators say Dutt drove a car into the parking lot and was eating fast food before he encountered the four men, who had visited several area bars before the shooting.


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An argument erupted, police said, and the men attacked Dutt before getting into a car and speeding off.

Several minutes later, dispatchers received a report of a single-vehicle crash on A Street at South Garden Avenue, about two miles from the city parking lot. There, officers found an abandoned Mercedes-Benz.

A short time later, two of the suspects showed up to a hospital with stab wounds, police said. Police believe the men had been in the Mercedes that crashed and that they flagged down another motorist to take them to the hospital.

The men were all being held without bail on Wednesday.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call police at 510-293-7034.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.