Game Warden Arrests 2 Murder Suspects at Eel River in California

| by Denise A Justin
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Fishing without a license caused two men to be stopped on Thursday by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, who soon discovered they were wanted for the fatal stabbing of Michael Tunnel, 31, of Fresno on August 14. The warden ran a routine check after he found the pair fishing at the mouth of the Eel River, reports the Fresno Bee.

Both suspects—Brandon Forrest and Samuel Whitmore--are 25 and both from Fresno, according to Fresno Police Lt. Mark Salazar.

Tunnel was fatally stabbed just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 14 at 1871 E. Dakota Ave. Police said they believe Whitmore and Forrest knew Tunnel, and that there was a dispute before the stabbing.

According to the booking sheet at the Humboldt County jail, Whitmore and Forrest were booked into the jail at 2:17 p.m., the Times Standard reports.

Along with murder charges, both suspects face DUI charges. Additionally, Whitmore was charged with possession of narcotics and Forrest was charged with driving on a restricted license.

Sources: Fresno Bee, Times-Standard