Brothers Suspected of San Jose Stabbing Held

Jonathan Alexander Bess and Brian James Bess were arrested near Salt Lake City.

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    Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office
    Jonathan Alexander Bess, 20, and Brian James Bess, 23, are suspected of killing 51-year-old Joesph Cotta on April 27. They were arrested near Salt Lake City Wednesday.

    Two brothers suspected of stabbing a San Jose man to death in the city's Rose Garden neighborhood have been arrested near Salt Lake City, according to booking information from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

    Jonathan Alexander Bess, 20, and Brian James Bess, 23, are suspected of killing 51-year-old Joesph Cotta on April 27.

    The two brothers were arrested Wednesday and listed as fugitives from justice who had escaped out-of-state.

    They were spotted on a downtown street by a Salt Lake City police officer who recognized them from a wanted flyer.  He called backup and took them into custody without incident.

    Calls to the San Jose Police Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office for more details were not immediately returned.

    Cotta was found in front of a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue suffering from stab wounds. He died shortly after at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

    Residents of the home reported the stabbing, and one resident was initially cooperative with police. However, a standoff developed after another resident became uncooperative and locked himself into a room, according to police reports.

    At the time, investigating officers believed that there were guns in the house, so they decided to retreat and call in the SWAT team instead.