Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 245(a)(1)PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon]
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245(a)(1)PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon]
32000 Block of North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, Ca.
When: Date: 05-12-2014 Time: 10:20AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Kein Gonzalez 36 Fort Bragg, Ca.
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Yam Esau 28 Fort Bragg, Ca.
Written by: Sergeant Dustin Lorenzo
Synopsis: On 05-12-2014 at approximately 10:20AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, located at 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg, to contact the victim of a stabbing.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the location and contacted the victim, Kein Gonzalez, who was being treated for a stab wound to the forearm and several lacerations to the hands.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies learned Gonzalez and the suspect, Esau Yam, were both employed by a local fishing business, located in the 32000 Block of North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg.

On 05-12-2014, in the morning hours, Gonzalez and Yam engaged in a verbal argument at their place of employment. The argument escalated and the two challenged each other to fight outside the business.

Gonzalez and Yam initiated a fight outside the business and at some point during the altercation, Yam withdrew a knife and stabbed Gonzalez in the forearm. A struggle then ensued over the knife resulting in both Gonzalez and Yam acquiring laceration injuries to their hands. Gonzalez was taken to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to locate Yam without success.

At approximately 2:45PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies received information that Yam was located in the 300 Block of Redwood Avenue, Fort Bragg. Due to a high volume of calls for service, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies requested assistance from the Fort Bragg Police Department, to respond to the location and attempt to locate Yam.

At approximately 3:15PM, Officers with the Fort Bragg Police Department responded to the location and detained Yam until Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived.

Yam was placed under arrest for a violation of 245(a)(1)PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon]. Yam was transported and lodged into the Mendocino County Jail in lieu of $30,000.00 dollars bail.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani