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Citrus Heights man arrested in North Highlands stabbing death

Harley Edward Stratton
Harley Edward Stratton Booking photo provided by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A 19-year-old Citrus Heights man has been arrested in the Dec. 23 stabbing death of a man in North Highlands.

Harley Edward Stratton was arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of murder in the death of 39-year-old Jason Westmoreland, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release.

A friend found Westmoreland about 9:15 p.m. Dec. 23 at the corner of Karen Lane and Canary Drive, just east of Watt Avenue. Sheriff’s officials said he had been stabbed in the torso at least once. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives believe Stratton and Westmoreland did not know each other and became involved in a fight in which Westmoreland was stabbed.

Stratton is being held without bail.

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