Prosecutors have identified Juan Joseph Ferrer, 35, as the man they believe killed Douglas Allen Anderson-Jordet with a single stab wound to the heart on Nov. 25 in downtown Arcata.

The Arcata Police Department arrested three suspects in the case late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, saying evidence indicated they had beaten and stabbed Anderson-Jordet -- a 50-year-old musician and kitchen manager at Abruzzi.

Police responded to the scene at 1:25 a.m. to find Anderson-Jordet unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy determined he died of a single stab wound to the heart.

While police have not released a motive, the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office filed a criminal complaint on Friday charging Ferrer with murder and the two other suspects -- Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, 24, and Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber, 28 -- with felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

The three suspects -- all Arcata residents -- were arraigned in the case Friday afternoon, according to Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel. It was not immediately clear if they entered pleas. All three remain in the Humboldt County jail on $1 million bail, with a bail hearing scheduled to take place Tuesday.

Rocheleau and Stoiber, the bassist in the local band Komatose, voluntarily turned themselves into police on Tuesday night, walking into police headquarters. Ferrer was arrested at his residence on the 1000 block of Samoa Boulevard several hours later.

Homicides are a rare occurrence in the city.

There have been four since January 2004, including the Nov. 25 fatal stabbing in downtown and the May 18 shooting deaths of Alan “Sunshine” Marcet and Christina Schwarz at a home on Eye Street, according to APD officials.

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said the community was key in cracking the case, noting that a citizen tip alerted APD to an altercation that occurred just prior to a 911 call reporting the stabbing at the intersection of 12th and H streets. Chapman also said video surveillance footage from local businesses was used to identify the suspects.

Friends remembered Anderson-Jordet as a talented chef and a major influence on the music scene in his native St. Cloud, Minn. He moved to Arcata a little more than a year ago to take the position at Abruzzi.

After hearing of his violent death last week, a group of musicians in St. Cloud gathered to put on a tribute show, according to an article in the St. Cloud Times newspaper.

”Aside from just being a really good friend, he was a real icon of the music scene,” Jeffrey Pederson told the paper. “He was a character. He was definitely one of the most interesting people I knew.”

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