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Sheriff's Dept. seeks witnesses to fatal Fontana stabbing

Tony Franco, 38, was arrested in connection to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Isabel Gomez, outside a Carl's Jr. restaurant on the 16500 block of Sierra Lakes Parkway in Fontana.

March 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is seeking witnesses to a fatal stabbing that took place in a Carl's Jr. restaurant parking lot last Thursday.

Isabel Gomez, 26, was stabbed to death. The child's father, 38-year-old Tony Franco is in jail, accused of the crime. But exactly what happened is still unclear.

"That's our big concern right now is to find additional witnesses," said Detective Robert Warrick, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept.

The crime occurred last Thursday at about 9 a.m. outside a Carl's Jr. restaurant on the 16500 block of Sierra Lakes Parkway in Fontana.

Detectives say the suspect arrived in a silver Saturn to meet with his ex-girlfriend, who was driving a Nissan Armada. They both got into the Nissan, along with their 3-year-old child, to talk about a custody dispute.

"At some point after 10 o'clock this vehicle, we believe, drove recklessly through the parking lot," said

The vehicle reportedly drove up over curbs and through a field. Then the suspect, Tony Franco, left the Carl's Jr. parking lot in that vehicle, drove back to his apartment, then drove to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was treated for an injury. But Gomez died from a stab wound.

"Tony Franco did speak with us, however denies knowing how Isabel received her fatal injury," said Warrick.

That's why the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept. is asking for the public's help. If the crime did happen in the crowded parking lot on the 16500 block of Sierra Lakes Parkway in Fontana, someone most likely saw something that could help.

"Whether it was a domestic dispute inside of the car, whether it was seeing the vehicle drive erratically, we would like those people to come forward and contact us so that we can put this together correctly."

If you have information related to the case, contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept. at (909) 387-3589.


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