Fatal Stabbing Suspects Arrested

By: Dan Rubin - Thu, 10 May 2012 17:04:27 -0800

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- Two brothers suspected in a fatal stabbing that led to a lengthy standoff in San Jose last month were arrested in Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon.
Jonathan Alexander Bess (pictured on left), 20, and Brian James Bess (pictured on right), 23, were taken into custody after a Salt Lake City police sergeant saw them sitting on a street.
The brothers are suspected in the fatal stabbing of James Cotta,  51, on April 27th, in what was San Jose's 11th homicide of 2012.
The arresting officer said he recognized the pair from photos sent by San Jose  police, who had information leading them to believe that the brothers might have fled to Utah.
Webb said both men initially gave fake names when he asked them to identify themselves, but once in handcuffs admitted that they were Jonathan and Brian Bess. Webb said neither attempted to resist arrest or flee.
On the morning of the murder, Cotta was found suffering from stab wounds in front of a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue. He was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he died.
Residents of the home had reported the stabbing, but when police officers arrived, one of the residents barricaded himself inside the home,  police said.
Police spent several hours attempting to communicate with the barricaded person, and at about 11 a.m.,  he voluntarily exited the home and surrendered.
All of the people found at the home, including the resident who was barricaded, were questioned and released.
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