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Murder Suspect Arrested in Connection with Rosemont Shooting

Michael Almeda has been arrested on charges of shooting and killing a man on Westporter Drive.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on charges he shot and killed a man in Rosemont last week.

Michael John Almeda was arrested Tuesday night on charges of murdering 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez on Jan. 17.

"Investigation into this incident led to the identification of Almeda as a person responsible for this crime," the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said in a press release. "The investigation remains ongoing, and detectives are looking at the possibility that there may be other suspect(s) associated with this incident. The relationship between the suspect (Almeda) and the victim in this case, as well as a motive for the shooting, are still being determined."

Chavez was found lifeless in the driver's seat of an SUV on Westporter Drive around 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 17.

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angie January 24, 2013 at 03:40 AM
I pray for justice for the young man that passed. may god have no mercy put them where they belong in hell called prison.
angie January 24, 2013 at 03:48 AM
When I lit my candle for the young man that passed. I prayed that the lord wil show him the way and not to fear the unknown. I prayed for justice for his mother and loved ones.
jason hernandez January 24, 2013 at 02:32 PM
i worked at the shell in rosemont and both of men were normal kids , never had a problem , two lives were devastated in inccident , the victim and the accused shooter forever,''
barbie girl January 25, 2013 at 02:30 AM
that's exacty it ,though .ACCUSED.the sacramento city police department can,try to recall what happened between veiwers&whoever was involved.but ,the fact of the matter is Michael ,was a good guy !&,he hung around,and got caught up as the first suspect.FREE MIKE.the more they do their research ,they'll see where bad blood was drawn..and he will no longer have to be in this light,or manner.may alex,RIP.and may you free MIKE for justice.speak up !
barbie girl January 25, 2013 at 02:31 AM
that's exacty it ,though .ACCUSED.the sacramento city police department can,try to recall what happened between veiwers&whoever was involved.but ,the fact of the matter is Michael ,was a good guy !&,he hung around,and got caught up as the first suspect.FREE MIKE.the more they do their research ,they'll see where bad blood was drawn..and he will no longer have to be in this light,or manner.may alex,RIP.and may you free MIKE for justice.speak up !
ashley baby January 25, 2013 at 02:32 AM
that's exacty it ,though .ACCUSED.the sacramento city police department can,try to recall what happened between veiwers&whoever was involved.but ,the fact of the matter is Michael ,was a good guy !&,he hung around,and got caught up as the first suspect.FREE MIKE.the more they do their research ,they'll see where bad blood was drawn..and he will no longer have to be in this light,or manner.may alex,RIP.and may you free MIKE for justice.speak up !
God's justice January 25, 2013 at 04:45 PM
No they shouldn't free MIke he was involved he was the driver and he does a lot of bad things in rosemont like pull out guns on little kids and take there money and shoots up houses and he rape my younger sister
Ken January 25, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I've known Mike for a few years and all he does is cause trouble. The neighborhood is better off with him off the streets. It's too bad a life was taken for this to happen. Prayers go out to the victim and his family. I hope the accused gets the punishment that fits the crime!
Meli January 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Please note that this is a Sacramento COUNTY investigtion, not CITY. The FACT remains the same, (regardless of who is the "nice guy"), Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda are charged with the MURDER of Alexander Chavez because of EVIDENCE of their involvment. Our justice system, unlike those in other countries, does NOT randomly arrest people on a whim. Keep in mind that Mr. Chavez was SHOT 6 times, not once, nor twice - 6 shots were fired. Has anyne heard how Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda pled at their arraignments? And I heard their was also a juvenile taken in for questioning but released for the time being.
BILLY BOB January 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM
THERE R SO MANY DIFFERENT STORIES SO MANY ACUSATIONS OF THIS & THAT, THERE IS NO JUSTICE! ALL THERES ONLY PPL POINTING FINGERS & RUMORS SPREADING. RIP ALEX CHAVEZ. U WERE 2 YOUNG 2 HAVE 2 LEAVE THIS WORLD SO SOON. ON THE OTHER HAND THESE SUSPECTS R INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. OR SO THATS WHAT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SAYS, WHEN REALLY ITS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. WHEN COPS TAKE THESE INTERVIEWS & INVESTIGATE THIS CASE THEY HERE THESE NAMES & STORIES FROM 1 SIDE & AUTOMATICALLY. THESE SUSPECTS R TAKEN IN & HELD 4 SUSPCION THEY R TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS. THEY ARENT TREATED AS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. THEY R HANDLED AS CRIMINALS & TALKED TO LIKE CRIMINALS. GIVEN A LACK OF RESPECT LIKE CRIMINALS & THERE IS NO HOPE 4 THEYRE INNOCENCE BCUZ THE COPS ARENT HERE TO PROVE THEY R 100% RESPONSIBLE W/OUT A DOUBT. NO COPS R THERE TO FIND ANY PERSON TO PIN THIS CRIME ON SO THAT THEYRE HONOR MAY SHINE. IN THERE MIND THEYRE HEROS FOR ARRESTING THESE SO CALLED CRIMINALS & SUSPECTS, BUT REALLY THEYRE NAIVE. NAIVE FOR BELIEVING THAT THIS WAS AN INNOCENT CRIME. NAIVE 4 BELIVEING ALL THAT HAS BEEN SAID. ALL THESE WITNESSES HAVE IDENTIFIED ALL THESE ASPECTS OF THE CRIME BUT HAS ANYONE EVER THOUGHT TO THINK Y DESCRIPTIONS ARE SO VAGUE AND INFO IS SO UNDESCRIPTIVE. YEAH U KNOW NAMES, BUT U COULDNT GET A GOOD DECRIPTION OF THE CAR? U SEEN FOUR GUYS BUT U COULDNT SEE 4 LETTERS OF A LICENSE PLATE. NOT A CAR MODEL. NOTHING. & AUTOMATICALLY Rodolfo Villa and Michael Almeda R TO BLAME. RUMORS WILL SPREAD..
Meli January 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM
BillyBob, where YOU THERE that night of January 17? How do you know what/when/who we saw that night? You are making assumptions and assume you know all the answers when you have no facts. The FACT is you do not know what witnesses saw. I've not seen anything published so how do you know there were 4 men in the car? "U SEEN FOUR GUYS" Pleae enlighten us with facts since you seem to know so much information! Next court date for Michael Almeda is February 14.
Virginia Brown January 26, 2013 at 01:20 AM
i understand some people thinking he was a good guy...cause i thought he was too.NEVER did i think i would see Michael's name in the same sentence as "being convicted for murder" but i have been hearing that he has been causing a lot of problems these past couple of years.i have family that stays in that area and things like this are what make me nervous for my family.I' m not in any ways saying that he did or didn't commit the crime but either way he will be punished for involvement.weather he gets locked up or not.sad to say it might not be the way the law intends it to be but it will happen.unless you are actually involved in the case,YOU know NOTHING.everyone other than who was actually there when it happened knows nothing and are going by what they hear also.ive known alex chaves since elementary school && met michael in highschool. in my perspective ive had nothing bad to say about either of them.just sayin no one should have their life taken so young but if michael did commit the crime hes gunna get what he deserves.
nikki January 26, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Well said Billy Bob. Well said.
sesily January 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Gods justice.... Ur crazy.. change ur name u blasphemous........ U cant claim god yet show him no where in your words.... Gods word is a weapon that can b seen n heard anywhere.... The word is not with u.... My cousin is no rapist.... Maybe ur sis was drunk n embarrassed n doesn't wanna b a trick...or maybe she was mad he just wanted to c wat it was like real quik....,but he's not a rapist if he was someone should've charged him then.... Dont talk shit now that he's in a bad spot.... I hope hope hope he's praying . N I praay so bad that he's going to b released... It's really hard to think my kids wont c him.... He shows his fam so much love...I think the only thing he's guilty of is being young . N in a wrong spot.....this guy does not deserve harm... He didnt do it... I love u cousin imu... I'll b Der to visit ya.... Hang tight n pray bc u need to come home...
sesily January 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Gods justice.... Ur crazy.. change ur name u blasphemous........ U cant claim god yet show him no where in your words.... Gods word is a weapon that can b seen n heard anywhere.... The word is not with u.... My cousin is no rapist.... Maybe ur sis was drunk n embarrassed n doesn't wanna b a trick...or maybe she was mad he just wanted to c wat it was like real quik....,but he's not a rapist if he was someone should've charged him then.... Dont talk shit now that he's in a bad spot.... I hope hope hope he's praying . N I praay so bad that he's going to b released... It's really hard to think my kids wont c him.... He shows his fam so much love...I think the only thing he's guilty of is being young . N in a wrong spot.....this guy does not deserve harm... He didnt do it... I love u cousin imu... I'll b Der to visit ya.... Hang tight n pray bc u need to come home...
Stickyfingers January 26, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Michael, If you are convicted, whatever you do, if it isnt too late already, Do Not Join any Gangs in prison. If you do, you are probably NEVER getting out or your term will be alot LONGER. While waiting sentencing side with the Pisas or Native Americans. If you are convicted side with one of the races I mentioned and your term will be shorter.
angie January 28, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Only the lord knows the truth , of what happened to the young man Alex. And whom did it. The lord will not let the persons responsible get away with doing the devils work. They had a choice to not be in this situation. They made thier beds now they have to lay in it for thier own stupidity. May God give Alex justice for his life was taken tooo soon.
R.I.P Alexander January 28, 2013 at 08:06 AM
It doesn't matter if he wasn't the shooter if he was in the car he doesn't just deserve to be there he deserves worse.. he will not get to see your kids anymore............ Alex will never get to meet his baby.. never see him/her grow up.. his girlfriend is pregnant. He died protecting her from the shots.. if he was in the car he could have stopped it.. he didn't and for that he should rot in prison.. these kids actions have destroyed many families including their own.. life in prison isn't even enough punishment..
angie January 28, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Prison has no Mercy.hope they can fight to protect themself because thiers no guns in prison.they better start working out in the County Jail to prepare to go where the big dogs prey on the weak thats why its called the Devil's playgroung.The LORD gives justice in the most mysterous ways.And the Devil waits for stupidity to do his work.
angie January 28, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Only the lord knows the truth , of what happened to the young man Alex. And whom did it. The lord will not let the persons responsible get away with doing the devils work. They had a choice to not be in this situation. They made thier beds now they have to lay in it for thier own stupidity. May God give Alex justice for his life was taken tooo soon. They have completely ruind thier lives over thier own stupidity. And destroyed many lives not caring about Alex loved ones or how it hurt thier own families. Thier stupidity changed many lives FOREVER.
sesily January 28, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Angie shut up now please n thx
sesily January 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
So godly Angie yet so quick to JUDGE.... Hypocritical blasphemous
angie January 28, 2013 at 06:51 PM
They better start working out in the county Jail because the big dogs will be waiting for them believe that. Lets see how big they are now. Whoops my bad they dont have guns in prison LOL.may they get everything they deserve in prison.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Hi everyone, please keep your comments civil and respectful. Please stay away from personal attacks or insults. Thanks.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Keep on posting Angie!!! You have every right to post. At least yours don't attack, threaten, or call people names. I am saddened to see that those who are family to the accused post in such a disrespectful manner. And they want us to believe they are all puppy dogs, rainbows and sunshine. Go figure....
Rachel February 04, 2013 at 08:26 PM
All I am saying is that he needs to be locked up for what he did end of story!!!!!!
kevin morrison February 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
im so sorry for your litte sister. I believe that if michael did this to your sister right now is the time to press charges. lets make sure that he never leaves prison so he cant hurt anyone ever again.
kevin morrison February 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
if you know more and now they are not guilty speak up. what are you waiting for! if you know this was naive, you must have some important information that the police or detectives dont have. it seems you know a lot more.

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