Sacto 9-1-1
February 6, 2013
Arrests made in death of man found in burning home

Sacramento police have arrested a 29-year-old man in the death of Patrick Kendrick, whose body was found inside a burning residence Friday on Norwood Avenue.

David Acuna was taken into custody about 8 a.m. today at his apartment in the 1400 block of Brewerton Drive in South Natomas. He was found to be in need of immediate medical attention because of severe burns on his upper body, according to a Police Department news release. Officials said the burns are believed to have been sustained in Friday's fire.

Acuna is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

Officers also located Acuna's girlfriend, Guadalupe Cabrera, 30, who is believed to have been involved in the incident, according to the news release. She was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder and arson to an inhabited structure.

Police responded to 3700 block of Norwood Avenue address about 9:44 a.m. Friday regarding a person found dead inside the burning residence. Firefighters had arrived and found the apartment engulfed in flames.

Because of signs of trauma to the victim's upper body, responding officers determined the death was a possible homicide. Detectives believed the fire was intentionally set by someone other than the victim and began an investigation.

They learned that Acuna and Kendrick knew each other and had been involved in an argument just before the fire. Acuna is thought to have stabbed Kendrick and set fire to the residence, then fled in a white vehicle, officials said.

On Tuesday, detectives located a four-door Honda Civic believed to be the vehicle witnesses saw leaving the scene of the fire. It was found parked in the north area of Sacramento. Further investigation led them to Acuna's apartment today.

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