Timothy Varmall was arrested Monday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman earlier this month in North Sacramento.
Smruti Patel, 44, died on Feb. 12 in a Sacramento hospital three days after being found suffering from wounds inflicted during a violent assault in the 1500 block of Del Paso Boulevard.
Her suspected attacker was identified as Varmall, 47, who had fled. Sacramento Police Department detectives said they knew soon after finding Patel that she knew her attacker and that the assault was not random.
Varmall was arrested on Monday on suspicion of homicide after being interviewed by detectives at police headquarters.
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“The assault was ultimately discovered to have stemmed from a recent friendship between Patel and suspect Varmall,” a police press release states.
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