Previously: Victim Of Fatal Noe Valley Stabbing Identified
San Francisco police said today they have DNA evidence linking a Bay Area crime suspect slain by Sacramento authorities after a three-day standoff last month to the killing of a San Francisco water department worker in April.
Police said a DNA hit was returned Tuesday on blood samples taken from the scene of the April 8 fatal stabbing of 30-year-old San Francisco resident Charles McAleer-Bonilla.
The tests confirmed a match with Anthony Alvarez, a 26-year-old man with family ties to San Francisco, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Lyn Tomioka.
McAleer-Bonilla was stabbed at about 8:50 p.m. on the threshold of his home at 305 28th St. in the city’s Noe Valley neighborhood. Investigators found a trail of blood stretching four blocks from the scene of the crime.
“We believe that was the suspect’s blood,” Tomioka said.
Alvarez was fatally shot on June 11 by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team member during a 55-hour standoff at an apartment complex in unincorporated Sacramento, during which he had taken his cousin’s 1-year-old son hostage.
Alvarez had been wanted for several Bay Area bank robberies, including a May 26 robbery in Concord, and for attempted murder for firing at a Concord police officer during a traffic stop on June 4, authorities said.
Alvarez is considered the only suspect in McAleer-Bonilla’s killing, Tomioka said, but she added that investigators will be doing further testing and taking “other investigative steps” in the coming days in order to close the case.
There is still no known motive for the slaying, and the murder weapon was never recovered, Tomioka said. It is not known whether Alvarez and McAleer-Bonilla knew each other, she said.