VISTA — Two men face charges of murder, attempted murder, and two additional felony charges in connection with two gang-related stabbings on Aug. 14 in Oceanside.
Roland Seau, 23, and David Tua, 30, both entered not guilty pleas at the Vista Courthouse on Oct. 23 to charges of the murder of Louiegie Bermas, the attempted murder of Randy Lozano, the assault of Lozano with a deadly weapon, as well as attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime.
According to Deputy District Attorney Jon Oliphant, Seau and Tua allegedly stabbed Lozano on the 600 block of Charles Street. Lozano survived his injuries.
Oliphant said that Seau and Tua then chased Bermas, who had witnessed the stabbing.
The two allegedly cornered Bermas on the 600 block of Arthur Avenue and proceeded to beat and stab him to death.
Oliphant said that the defendants reportedly asked Bermas if he was going to “snitch” as they beat him.
According to the case complaint, authorities believe the stabbings are gang related.
If convicted, Seau and Tua face 25 years to life in prison.
Judge Marshall Hockett raised the bail of both defendants, finding that they are a danger to witnesses and the community.
Tua’s bail was increased from $1 million to $2 million, and Seau’s bail was increased from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
Seau is being held in South Bay Detention Facility, and Tua is being held in Vista Detention Facility.