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UPDATE: Victim in Sacramento hotel stabbing identified as Fair Oaks man

Gordon James
Gordon James Sacramento police

The man fatally stabbed Thursday night at residential hotel in downtown Sacramento has been identified on the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office website as Ronald Jenkins, 50, of Fair Oaks.

Sacramento police On Friday arrested Gordon James, 41, as suspect in the killing, which occurred in a hallway of the hotel near 10th and J streets. When police were called to the hotel in the 1000 block of 10th Street about 6:30 p.m., they found Jenkins in critical condition with more than one stab wound.

Officers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man, but were unable to save him. He was declared dead at the scene.

Police said that James fled before officers arrived. He was taken into custody without incident at 9:50 a.m. Friday near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail in Sacramento County Main Jail.

Police are not yet clear on the relationship between James and the victim. A motive for the killing has not been determined, and the knife used to kill the victim has not been found.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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