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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 2004 slayings in midtown Sacramento alley?

Between 2003 and 2005, two men were discovered dead in a car in the alley between 23rd and 24th streets and Capitol Avenue and N Street in midtown Sacramento. Was anyone ever caught and charged with this crime?

– Gabriel, Sacramento

David Phoukanh Vangsavath and Ishmael Sergio Baez, both 19 and residents of Sacramento, were found shot to death in July 2004 in an alley between Capitol Avenue and N streets in midtown.

No arrests have been reported in the case.

According to stories in The Bee, police were alerted about 2:40 a.m. by several people who saw a person down in the alley. Officers arrived to find Vangsavath dead in a white 1994 Chrysler and Baez, still breathing, on the ground next to the car. Both had multiple gunshot wounds, and police said they appeared to have been shot at close range. Baez was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died.

Police said at the time that no one reported hearing shots fired, and no one was seen leaving the alley between 23rd and 24th streets.

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