Murder suspect was the subject of victim’s restraining order

Murder victim Yesenia Lopez Hernandez. Photo from her family's Gofundme page.

Daily Post Staff Writer

The man charged with fatally stabbing a 40-year-old North Fair Oaks woman was the subject of a restraining order after he was convicted of domestic violence against her last year, authorities said.

Jose Uriarte-Martinez, 44, of Redwood City, is charged in the murder Sunday of Yesenia Lopez Hernandez and with seriously injuring her 17-year-old daughter early Sunday morning (July 30) at her apartment on North Fair Oaks Avenue near Fifth Avenue.

Uriarte-Martinez was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and felony false imprisonment on June 24, 2022, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Uriarte-Martinez was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. He was the subject of a 10-year restraining order and ordered to undergo 104 hours of domestic violence counseling, according to Wagstaffe.

Wagstaffe said it was unclear if Uriarte-Martinez had started on the court-ordered counseling program before Sunday’s murder.

At 12:30 a.m., officers rushed to Hernandez’s apartment after a woman called 911 to say someone was trying to kill Hernandez.

When officers arrived, they found Uriarte-Martinez outside of the home, who the sheriff’s office says was covered in blood.

Inside, deputies said they found two women with multiple stab wounds. The women were rushed to Stanford Hospital, where one died from her injuries, said sheriff’s office said. The second woman is reportedly in stable condition.

The second woman is Hernandez’s 17-year-old daughter who, according to a GoFundMe page put up by her family, was trying to defend her mother when she was stabbed by Uriarte-Martinez.

Uriarte-Martinez is identified in on the GoFundMe page as Hernandez’s longtime partner who stabbed her “out of jealousy.”

Uriarte-Martinez and Hernandez share a 5-year-old son.

Uriarte-Martinez is set to appear in court Tuesday (Aug. 1) at 1:30 to be arraigned, according to Wagstaffe. He is in jail and not eligible for bail.


  1. A restraining order is about as effective as calling 911. The police will get there in 5-10 minutes, long after you’re dead.

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