Police: South Sacramento Robbery Turned Homicide is ‘Not a Random Act’

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SACRAMENTO -- A robbery-turned-homicide Friday night has neighbors in one south Sacramento neighborhood terrified.

"Even talking about it now, gives me chills. It's unreal," a woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told FOX40.

Unfortunately, this is real for this woman, too shocked to appear on camera. Her neighborhood, the Valley Hi Park area in south Sacramento was laced with crime scene tape Saturday morning. This after Sacramento Police responded to burglary-in-process-turned-homicide just before 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

Investigators say at least one suspect entered a home on the 8000 block of Grandstaff Drive. Inside the house, directly across from Herman Leimbach Elementary school, they say the suspect confronted a couple.

"She was inside the home when the suspect entered the home," Sacramento Police spokeswoman Traci Trapani told FOX40. "As he was leaving, the suspect was confronted by the secondary victim."

When crews arrived, that secondary victim, an older man was pronounced dead. Witnesses we spoke to off camera believe the man was stabbed multiple times. Some say they even saw a possible suspect running northbound on Grandstaff Drive.

That's where FOX40 found a second crime scene, just one block away, on Westboro Way. An evidence marker was perched next to a roll of tape.

"Evidence that may have been dropped as the suspect was fleeing the scene," Trapani said about the markers.

Still, early on in the investigation, police are still faced with several unknowns. But what they can say is this that it's an isolated incident, hoping to give area residents at least a slight feeling of peace of mind.

"This is not an immediate threat to the neighborhood," Trapani said. "This is not a random act."

If you have any information regarding this incident Sacramento police ask that you call (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916)443-HELP.

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