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Sheriff: Suspect arrested in Dunsmuir homicide

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Police arrest suspect wanted in connection to a homicide in Dunsmuir on April 21st.

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Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office arrested 43-year-old Mike Hernandez III of Dunsmuir in a rural area southeast of Greenhorn Park in Yreka on Monday.

A woman who was with Hernandez at the time of the arrest was also taken into custody. Her charges are pending.

On April 21st, the sheriff's office says they were called to a home in the 6400 block of Dunsmuir Avenue in response to a woman saying she was in danger from a member in the household.

Deputies reported that upon arrival the woman's son and the suspect from the original call were not at the home. Deputies said they found information saying that another resident of the home, Kenneth Ray Jones, 66, of Dunsmuir, could be in danger.

Deputies completed a welfare check of Jones' room and found him dead.

Investigators say that they found evidence that the death could be a homicide and Hernandez was identified as a person of interest in Jones' death.

Officials reported they found the vehicle they believe Hernandez took from the home in Yreka near Moon Lit Oaks Drive and South Main Street.

A follow up investigation by SCSO MCU and field units were able to develop a case against Hernandez for his arrest.

“We are very relieved that Mr. Hernandez has been apprehended and is lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail. It is anticipated Mr. Hernandez will be arraigned in the Siskiyou County Superior Court within the next 48-hours for the murder of Mr. Jones and related crimes perpetrated against the elder victim. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to again offer my sincere condolences and prayers to the victim, his family and friends in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy. I would also like to thank all of the state and local law enforcement agencies that assisted us with this investigation and subsequent search for the suspect and stolen vehicle. We urge anyone with information about this crime to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900," Sheriff Jon Lopey said.

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