San Jose Stabbing Victim ID'd, Brothers Wanted

51-year-old Joseph Cotta has been identified as a man stabbed to death on Friday evening.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, May 1, 2012  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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San Jose man dies of stab sounds, SWAT team surrounds home.

Jonathan Alexander Bess and Brian James Bess are wanted by the San Jose Police for allegedly stabbing a 51-year-old man.

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San Jose man dies of stab sounds, SWAT team surrounds home.

San Jose police surround a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue after a man dies of a stab wound.
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The San Jose Police Department has identified a man stabbed in the Rose Garden neighborhood as 51-year-old Joesph Cotta.

And now, police are looking for two brothers -- Jonathan Alexander Bess, 20, and Brian James Bess, 23 -- who are suspected of stabbing him following a nine-hour standoff.

Police say the Bess brothers fled the scene and remain at large.

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

Police have not revealed a motive for why the brothers are wanted in connection with the city's 11th homicide, or what their relationship was to Cotta.

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.

The officers spent several hours attempting to communicate with the person inside the home instead of forcing a confrontation. At around 11 a.m., he voluntarily left the house and surrendered to police, as did other people in the house.

 

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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