There are 162 homicide victims in the city and county of Sacramento over the past five years whose cases have gone unsolved, says the Sacramento Bee. That is about one-third of the 504 homicides investigated by the sheriff and police departments since 2003. Both departments fared better than other cities and counties the size of Sacramento over the same period, FBI statistics show. Between 2003 and 2006, more than 13,000 homicide cases in large cities and counties across the country yielded no arrests – about 41 percent.
In one tough Sacramento ZIP code, there have been 39 homicides in the past five years. Fewer than half have resulted in arrests. Not all victims are gang members or drug dealers. Many unsolved cases involve suspects and victims whose criminal lifestyle played a role in the killing. That was not true in the death of a 7-month-old boy, executed while he sat in his car seat. Detectives say boy’s father walked into a drug buy and home invasion robbery. “The bottom line is that everyone we’re talking to is scared to give us the name of who’s responsible,” said one detective.