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Wittkop Way Homicide Suspect Arrested

On November 28, 2010, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau detectives arrested 18-year-old Luis Prudente for the November 27, 2010, murder of 15-year-old Jesse Dean Jones and the attempted murder of a 15-year-old female juvenile. Detectives arrested Prudente, without incident, at his home which is located in the 2600 block of Howe Avenue.

On November 27, 2010, at 2:04 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the report of a shooting on Wittkop Way near Clinton Road. Deputies arrived and found two victims who had been shot. Jones was lying on the ground and had been shot in the abdomen. The second victim, a 15-year-old female, had been shot in the foot. Paramedics transported both victims to a local hospital. Jones died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The female victim was treated and released from the hospital.

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have learned the two victims were walking on Wittkop Way when a vehicle drove up to them. The vehicle stopped and detectives believe Prudente got out of the vehicle, exchanged words with Jones and then fired multiple shots at the victims. Prudente got back into the vehicle and drove away after the shooting. After interviewing Prudente, detectives believe the shooting was motivated by rival gang affiliations. Further investigation revealed there was a second suspect in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and detectives are working to identify, locate, and arrest this suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the second suspect involved in this shooting is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tipsters may also send a text message tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Prudente was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with murder and attempted murder. He is ineligible for bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on November 30, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 62.

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