Sutter County CA sheriff arrest brothers in Yuba City death

Detectives have arrested two teenage brothers on suspicion of murder in the death of another teenager who was dragged by an escaping car as he tried to stop the theft of his father’s vehicle in Yuba City.

Edgar James McKnight, 18, and Danny Floyd Ray McKnight, 19, were arrested over the weekend in connection with the death of Victor Camacho, 19, of Yuba City, according to a news release from the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Scott Smallwood on Monday confirmed the McKnights are brothers. Smallwood said detectives have determined that Camacho’s father was leaving his home when he spotted the suspects trying to steal his vehicle. Camacho and his father then tried to stop the suspects from leaving in their own car.

Edgar McKnight was arrested Saturday in Yuba City and his older brother was arrested Sunday in neighboring Yuba County, sheriff’s officials said

The McKnight brothers remained in custody at the Sutter County Jail Monday and were scheduled to make their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Their bail was each set at $1 million.

Since Camacho’s death Thursday night, sheriff’s detectives have been gathering information in the homicide investigation and were able to identify the two suspects, according to the news release.

The incident was initially reported about 9 p.m. Thursday as a fight in the 2700 block of Howlett Avenue, about 2 miles west of Highway 99 in Yuba City.

Deputies arrived in the area and spoke with a man who said two men were trying to steal his vehicle. The suspects had left in a white sedan.

The man’s teenage son, Camacho, tried to stop the suspects’ vehicle by reaching in to disable it, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Camacho was dragged by the suspects’ vehicle and found injured on the road. The suspects escaped before deputies arrived.

Camacho suffered major injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said last week. Deputies arrived and tried to provide medical aid while they called for medics. Camacho was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes breaking news stories related to crime and public safety for The Sacramento Bee. He speaks Spanish fluently and has worked as a news reporter in the Central Valley since 2004.

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