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Person of interest sought in Red Hawk Casino stabbing

Victim, a 2012 Ponderosa grad, described as ‘true gentleman’
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Law enforcement officials have identified a “person of interest” in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old from Rescue.

Gene Mcarn was reportedly stabbed Nov. 21 at Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs. The 2012 Ponderosa High School graduate was reportedly involved in an altercation in the parking garage of the casino.

Sgt. Phil Chovanec reported that El Dorado County deputies responded to the casino at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 21. The victim, Mcarn, was taken by friends to Marshall Hospital in Placerville where he reportedly died of his injuries.

Detectives are currently looking for Estaphen Juarez who is a person of interest in the incident, Chovanec said.

Juarez is described as a 30-year-old Hispanic male, 5’2” tall, weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and is from the Placerville area.

As of press time law enforcement officials were not releasing further information about the fatal incident or what Mcarn was doing in the casino parking lot.

No motive has been released.

Homicide detectives and CSI personnel responded to the Red Hawk Casino and processed the scene and interviewed potential witnesses.

Sarita Yabara attended Ponderosa with Mcarn. The 19-year-old Folsom Lake College student said Sunday that Mcarn was a decent person and didn’t deserve to die in the violent way he did.

“He was just an honest person,” she said. “He was the kind of guy who would spend money and time with you just because … not because he wanted something from you, but because he cared.”

Yabara said Mcarn had a good head on his shoulders, was caring and kind.

“He was the kind of guy who would walk you to your car just so he could talk to you for a little longer and make sure you were safe,” she said. “He had the type of kindness you never really came across. He was a true gentleman.”