19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatal stabbing

A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing another man in Belmont last weekend, police said Thursday.

Timothy Andrew Guerra was arrested Wednesday in the Central Valley city of Turlock in connection with the killing of Denis Meshchyshyn at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 600 block of Masonic Way, according to police.

Witnesses had told police that they saw Meshchyshyn fighting with a suspect who then ran away west on Masonic Way.

Investigators quickly identified the suspect as Guerra, an acquaintance of Meshchyshyn’s who has ties to both Belmont and Turlock, police said.

Belmont police investigators went to Turlock with a warrant for Guerra’s arrest in the killing.

They found him in the late afternoon Wednesday at a park there and he was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

Guerra was booked into Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto and is awaiting transfer back to San Mateo County, police said.

Belmont police Chief Dan DeSmidt said in a statement:

“We wouldn’t have solved this tragic crime so quickly without the support of our law enforcement partners and the cooperation of many witnesses.”