Deluge of Tips Help West Sac Police Catch Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver

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FOX40’s cameras were the only ones there as Joshua Anthon left the West Sacramento police department, headed to his first night at Yolo County Jail.

He was seen fleeing from a fatal accident scene on Tuesday.

But he couldn’t run from crystal clear surveillance images – the ones police say undoubtedly showed the driver responsible for mowing down a man with an RV.

“We had no indication that he planned on coming into the police department, but at 5 o’clock he and his attorney showed up in our front lobby here to talk to the detectives,” said Lt. Tod Sockman with the West Sacramento Police Department.

The 31-year-old Anthon turned himself in to officers less than 24 hours after pictures of him were blasted across TV screens in the Sacramento Valley.

Tips came pouring in.

“To the people who called in the tips and saw it through the news I just want to say thank you. They did them a service, for the family, so we can get some closure to this,” Sockman said.

“I just want him to be caught and pay for what he’s done,” said Michael Ray Anderson’s widow, Peggy, when she spoke with FOX40 on Wednesday.

A day later, medical staff arrived at the police department to collect evidence from the now surrendered Rio Linda man accused of taking her husband’s life.

Anthon is facing homicide charges for running Anderson over in the parking lot of Low-Cost Liquors.

Police say before the hit-and-run, Anderson, Anthon and some other people had some kind of verbal disagreement.

One person they’re still looking for?

The woman caught on camera with Anthon just before the killing – 33-year-old Pamela Nicole McKee of Sacramento.

“She is still a person of interest. She was there that night. She was in the RV and we still need to speak to her,” said Sockman.

Though Anthon surrendered, officers say he didn’t reveal much about what happened Tuesday and didn’t clarify his relationship with McKee.

Officers do know that the RV does not belong to Anthon.┬áIt was recovered Thursday in Elverta by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies.

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  • cherscoolstang

    First of all, Michael Ray is NOT a West Sacramento resident. He was only here for a couple days visiting and he had not been in Sacramento for at least 6 years. Secondly, he lived in Lompoc, California with his mother and other family members while he fulfilled a deathbed promise to his father to take care of his mother after his father's death. Thirdly, he had not lived with his wife, Peggy for at least 15 years and was only here FOR A VISIT. He was my dear friend and those parts of this story were false. He moved from Sacramento about 9 years ago. He has worked at Home Depot in Lompoc for 7 years. This story can be verified. R.I.P. Michael Ray Anderson. I love you man.