Antioch Police Arrest Five in March 31 Murder of Lizandro “Tony” Bertolazzi

The three adult males arrested by the Antioch police are from left, Giovanni Lopez, Juan Peter Herrera and Raymond Wehr

By Acting Lieutenant Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

The Antioch Police Department announced five individuals have been arrested in the March 31st murder at Cruisers Saloon on A Street.

In custody are Antioch residents Giovanni Lopez, age 26, Juan Peter Herrera, age 22 and Pittsburg resident Raymond Wehr, also age 22. Also arrested was a 17 year old, male, Antioch resident and a 17 year old, male, Pittsburg resident.

All five subjects arrested have gang connections or are active gang members. It appears that the victim, Lizandro “Tony” Bertolazzi was an innocent victim and not involved in either fight.

The Antioch Police Department is not disclosing the identity of the person who fired the weapon in an effort to maintain the integrity of the on-going investigation.

Lizandro "Tony" Bertolazzi from a memorial page on Facebook


The case has yet to be presented to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office and all those arrested are being held on probation or parole holds.

On March 31, 2012 at 1:36 a.m. Antioch police received a 911 call from Cruisers Saloon reporting that a shooting had just occurred. It appears that a group of males who had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night, returned with baseball bats specifically with the intention of starting a fight. The fight started inside of the bar and then moved just outside of the front door to the bar. One of the males, who had been kicked out earlier, pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot inside the bar. 

Bertolazzi, a 38 year old Antioch resident and veteran of the Marines, was inside the bar and was hit and died at the scene. He leaves behind his wife, who is serving in the Army, and four sons.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Stenger at (925) 779-6894.

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5 Comments to “Antioch Police Arrest Five in March 31 Murder of Lizandro “Tony” Bertolazzi”

  1. HEARTBROKEN says:

    SHAME ON THESE ANIMALS!! MAY THEY ROT IN HE–. IF ONLY THEY KNEW WHAT HIS FAMILY WAS GOING THROUGH

  2. HEARTBROKEN says:

    BUNCH OF PUNK BI—–;… REAL MEN DONT USE GUNS!! WHAT HAPPEN TO TOE TO TOE, YOU STUPID IDIOTS! [removed due to content] RIP TONY! YOUR MEMORY WILL ALWAYS LIVE AND THESE ANIMAL’S LIVES ARE OVER

  3. Arne Simonsen says:

    Great work by the APD in bringing these criminals to justice!!

    Now we need the DA to charge the two 17 year olds as adults for being involved in gang activity!!

  4. Jim says:

    HANG’em HIGH! 5 scumbags off the streets, at least for now. Terrible that a veteran was literally caught in the crossfire.

    I am terribly sad for the family.

  5. Richard says:

    I’m happy everyone was caught, it saddens me that a veterans family now has to be without their father. I hope the younger guys get adequate punishment for being involved with a gang, make an example of them for all the younger kids out there attempting to be cool by associating with people like these.

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