Sacto 9-1-1
November 27, 2012
Sheriff's deputies identify suspect, motive in fatal Rancho Cordova stabbing

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect arrested today in connection with the death of a 55-year-old man in Rancho Cordova on Monday night as 28-year-old Tywan Johnson.

Deputies arrested Johnson on suspicion of murder. They allege he fatally stabbed the victim, who has not yet been identified by the coroner's office, in a dispute over money.

The two were acquaintances, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Johnson, who was arrested at his home in Sacramento County, had several outstanding warrants for his arrest from the Sacramento Regional Transit District for allegedly evading fares, according to jail booking records.

The victim's body was discovered outside of a pet clinic on La Loma Drive about 8 p.m. Ramos said he was a transient who frequented the Rancho Cordova area.

Authorities were alerted to the stabbing after a woman who saw the man's body flagged down a firefighting crew. They found the man on the ground with a bicycle.

Information from a witness and evidence at the scene prompted detectives to identify Johnson as the suspect, Ramos said.

Johnson previously faced just one criminal case in Sacramento County. According to Superior Court records available online, Johnson pleaded no contest in 2005 to a misdemeanor count of petty theft.

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