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Homicide suspect captured at hotel where law enforcement class was taking place

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.
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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A woman staying at a north Sacramento County hotel died Monday from injuries likely caused by her male companion, Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said.

The incident began when an employee of the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast near Interstate 80 and Madison Avenue called authorities at 9:23 a.m. to report that a battered, unconscious woman was lying in a hotel hallway and the suspect was still on the grounds. Employees also interrupted an on-site law enforcement training class, which then sprang into action.

Hotel staff identified the suspect, allowing an off-duty officer participating in a supervisory class to detain the suspect. Meanwhile, an out-of-town nurse and other off-duty officers began providing first aid to the female victim.

“Personnel from the Sacramento Metro Fire (District) arrived and transported the victim to an area hospital where despite the lifesaving efforts of first responders, she was later pronounced deceased,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.

The department provided no age range or description of the victim. She’s expected to be identified once her next of kin has been notified.

The suspect, identified by the Sheriff’s Department as 35-year-old Lucas Sanchez, a Bay Area resident, was booked into Sacramento County’s main jail on murder charges and is being held without bail. The victim and suspect are believed to be acquaintances and were guests at the hotel, the release states.

Detectives are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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