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Brother of Stephon Clark speaks from jail

Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark, called out the credibility of his roommates during a jailhouse interview Friday morning.

An arraignment hearing for Stevante Clark, originally planned for Friday afternoon, has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the roommates, who let Clark rent a room out of the couple’s North Sacramento home, told The Sacramento Bee on Thursday afternoon that Clark made threats to his girlfriend days earlier, leading them to ask for a restraining order against him.

Clark was arrested after what they described as a week of increasing conflict between housemates.

“They’re frauds,” Clark said about the couple. “They’re the ones with an agenda. See, them bashing me serves their agenda.”

Clark, 25, is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail on felony suspicion of threatening to commit a crime and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as misdemeanor counts of vandalism and calling 911 to harass or annoy.

He’s scheduled to appear in front of a Sacramento County Superior Court judge Friday afternoon for an arraignment hearing in the case.

Sacramento Police Department officers arrested Clark Thursday morning in the 900 block of Acacia Avenue.

Police radio audio archived by the website Broadcastify before and leading up to the time of Clark’s arrest indicates multiple calls to Acacia Avenue, with department employees describing someone hitting cars with a shovel on Acacia Avenue. The suspect was not named.

Sgt. Vance Chandler said Thursday’s arrest not the first time this week the department has responded to the street for a call regarding Clark.

Clark declined to talk about the events leading up to his arrest, or about the restraining order filed by the couple. Instead, he referred a Sacramento Bee reporter to his legal counsel, but did not name who was representing him.

“You have to talk to my lawyer,” he said. “I don't know nothing about that, really.”

Despite being behind bars, Clark appeared optimistic and conversational Friday morning. He wore an orange-colored shirt, pants and shoes, and propped his feet onto a metal table during a portion of the jailhouse interview.

Clark called for increased police training and upgrades to the Sacramento County Main Jail’s medical floor, where he was being held.

“We’re going to help this place, instead of talk about it, because nobody’s going to help,” he said.

Clark’s family and friends have expressed concerns about his mental health since the fatal shooting of his brother, Stephon Clark, on March 18. Two Sacramento police officers fired their weapons at him that night after responding to a report of someone breaking car windows in a south Sacramento neighborhood.

The officers appeared to believe Stephon Clark had a gun, based on body cam footage, but he was found with only a cellphone. The shooting happened in his grandparents’ backyard.

Clark checked into the UC Davis Medical Center earlier this month, and then subsequently spent about two days as an inpatient in a nearby mental health facility.

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