Boyfriend faces murder charge in fatal stabbing of woman in Oakland

OAKLAND — A murder charge has been filed against a man in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend Wednesday inside a car in East Oakland, according to authorities and court documents.

The charge filed Thursday against Jose Guardado-Lara, 21, of San Francisco, also includes enhancements that the victim “was particularly vulnerable” and that the suspect “took advantage of a position of trust and confidence to commit the offense,” the documents say.

Killed from multiple stab wounds was Vanessa Rodriguez-Cermeno, 22, of Fairfield. Court documents state that the attack was recorded on video surveillance.

The couple had been in a dating relationship for almost a year, police were told, and had earlier in the day been together at a Berkeley dog park.

Rodriguez-Cermeno, a certified nursing assistant, was driving them in a car that she parked about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on E Street near 98th Avenue.

The two got into a heated argument which ended with Rodriguez-Cermeno being stabbed multiple times, despite trying to fight back, police said. She was able to open the driver’s door to try and escape but collapsed before she could completely exit the vehicle.

Guardado-Lara fled on foot before officers got to the scene.

According to court documents, officers maintaining traffic posts were approached by a witness on a bicycle who had followed the suspect and gave officers his description. The witness took officers to the last place he had seen the suspect, who was arrested while walking in the 1200 block of 90th Avenue.

He had blood splatter on his pants and a cut on his left middle finger, authorities said.

He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.

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