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Convicted sex offender arrested in death of woman in Sacramento hotel room

Fredrick Tatum
Fredrick Tatum Booking photo, Sacramento Police Department

A 52-year-old sex offender has been arrested in the death of a 42-year-old woman whose body was found Wednesday in a Sacramento hotel room.

Sacramento police arrested Fredrick Tatum, who they said was friend of the victim, identified as April Fowler.

Police responded at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday to a report of an individual who was possibly deceased in a room on the third floor of a hotel in the 3700 block of Northgate Boulevard, in the South Natomas area.

Sacramento Fire Department personnel accompanied officers to the room, where they found Fowler, according to a Police Department news release. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A caregiver for Tatum called police after becoming suspicious during a brief visit with him at the door of the hotel room, prompting a request for a welfare check for the victim, police said.

They said Tatum was inside the room when officers arrived and he was immediately detained. Tatum was taken to police headquarters for questioning, then booked into Sacramento County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

Following a coroner’s report, Tatum was accused of physically assaulting Fowler, causing her fatal injuries.

After working with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, police said, Tatum was charged with murder Friday.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.