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Fairfield Police Arrest Suspect in Brutal Midday Murder

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FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Police have arrested a man in connection to last Monday’s brutal midday murder.

Authorities tell FOX40 a tip from a Vacaville citizen led them to arrest 30-year-old Gregory Washington in connection to the death of Mark Merle Pyne.

The 57-year-old was found stabbed to death in front of Alan Witt Park in Fairfield on Sept. 19 about 4:30 p.m.

Lance Skipper, a friend of Pyne, told FOX40 the 57-year-old was homeless, grew up in Fairfield, loved the outdoors and dreamed of having a fishing boat.

Skipper said he can’t imagine why anyone would hurt Pyne.

Wednesday, Fairfield police posted surveillance video of a person they now believe is Washington walking near the scene at the time of the crime.

A citizen tipped off police, and they arrested Washington, who lives in Vacaville.

Police aren’t commenting on the relationship between Washington and Pyne or the motive for the murder.