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Hemet teen's stabbing death: 3 suspects charged with murder

Eric Sargeant Jr., 16, was stabbed dead on his way to a friend's house on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The teen refused to be robbed of his cellphone, investigators said.

January 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Murder charges have been filed against three suspects in connection to the stabbing death of a teenage boy in Hemet.

Officials said 16-year-old Eric Sargeant Jr. was stabbed to death on Jan. 14 after the suspects asked to use his cellphone and he refused.

According to the Riverside County District Attorney's office, 20-year-old Francisco Roy Zavala Jr. of Hemet, 17-year-old Francisco Siordia of San Jacinto, and 15-year-old Joseph Venegas of Hemet have each been charged with murder and a special circumstance of murder during the commission of a robbery. Zavala also has an enhancement alleged that he personally used a deadly weapon.

The two juveniles are being charged as adults, authorities said.