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Bay Area man arraigned in death of woman found beaten at Sacramento hotel

Lucas Antonio Sanchez.
Lucas Antonio Sanchez.

A Bay Area man is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail in connection with the fatal assault of a woman found unconscious in a hotel hallway on Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said.

Lucas Antonio Sanchez, 35, faced Sacramento Superior Court Judge Stephen Acquisto at the Wednesday arraignment on suspicion of murder in her death. Sanchez is being held without bail. He returns to court Sept. 20.

Police say he was likely an acquaintance of the victim and that both were staying at the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, near Interstate 80 and Madison Avenue, where the assault was reported to the department.

The caller told police that a battered, unconscious woman was lying in a hotel hallway and that the suspect was still on the grounds. Sanchez was detained after hotel employees interrupted an on-site law enforcement training class attended by off-duty officers. One of those officers was directed to a possible suspect seen wandering around the property. The officer detained Sanchez.

Deputies arrived to the hotel and took Sanchez into custody. They were also directed to the woman, who was seen receiving first aid from an out-of-town nurse and other off-duty officers, a department news release said.

Sacramento Metro Fire Department personnel responding to the scene took the woman to a local hospital. She was later pronounced dead. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not released the name of the woman who died.

The department provided no age range or description of the victim.

A man with the same name and birthday as Sanchez was listed as living in San Leandro in public records. Online records for Alameda Superior Court show nine separate cases in his name, with the most recent including a September 2016 case in which he entered a no contest plea to felony vandalism and served 59 days in jail.

He admitted to a felony second-degree car burglary earlier that year, the court records showed. Sanchez faced misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence and evading police in 2010.

Staff Writer Darrell Smith contributed to this report

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