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Two Napa men have been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon for their suspected involvement in a bar brawl that sent three people to the hospital last month.

Valentin Michael Sanchez, 21, a Sureño gang member “dropout,” and Jose Manuel Rivera, 22, were arrested by Napa Police on Jan. 10, two days after the reported fight at the Green Door bar on Solano Avenue in Napa.

The two men were at the bar with two other Sureño gang member dropouts on Jan. 8 when they came into contact with two active Norteño gang members and a fight ensued, according to police reports.

Sanchez was slashed across the face with a sharp object while fighting with one of the Norteño gang members, police said. The Norteño gang member was stabbed once in the upper arm, police said.

Rivera, who witnesses identified as sitting alone prior to the fight, jumped in while one of his acquaintances, who has not yet been arrested, had Norteño gang member Americo Michael Hernandez, 25, in a headlock, according to the police report. Rivera got up and stabbed Hernandez several times with a knife, police said.

Police said that Rivera admitted to throwing away the knife and his clothing. The knife was later recovered near a county road, police said.

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Three men including Sanchez and Hernandez were treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The third man, a 24-year-old, was treated and released.

Sanchez and Rivera were scheduled to be in Napa County Superior Court this week for preliminary examinations, but the hearings have been pushed back until March 21.

Sanchez is still in custody on $100,000 bail and a parole hold. Rivera is being held on $150,000 bail.

Hernandez, who has not been charged in relation to this case, is also in custody and scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a parole revocation hearing.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.