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24-year-old probationer charged with attempted murder in Citrus Heights robbery

Jordan Myers Lynch, Citrus Heights
Jordan Byers Lynch, suspect. // Photo courtesy, CHPD

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Citrus Heights police announced the arrest of a 24-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing a woman while robbing her home early Wednesday morning. Police credited fast-acting neighbors with aiding in the arrest after the suspect was tackled to the ground by a nearby resident.

Officers responded to a residence on the 6000 block of Rowan Way around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, located near Greenback Lane and San Juan Avenue. Upon arrival police said officers found neighbors were holding the suspect down and quickly took the man into custody, according to a police news release.

The suspect was later identified by police as Jordan Byers Lynch. He is charged with four felonies — attempted murder, robbery of an inhabited dwelling, possession of tear gas by a felon, and violation of probation. Sacramento County Superior Court records indicate Lynch had been released on probation for a prior robbery last year, but had already violated his terms of probation at least twice before his latest arrest on Wednesday.

Police said an investigation revealed the suspect broke through a sliding glass door and was then confronted by the female victim. The woman tried to get away, but was ultimately stabbed at least twice.

The woman “was able to call for help and escape from the house on her own,” police said, which was when neighbors came to the aid.

“The neighbor behind us was yelling ‘get that guy, call 911, he was trying to break into her house,'” Josh Estrella told CBS 13 Wednesday morning. Estrella said his neighbor was outside trying to catch the suspect so he went and “tackled the guy down,” holding him on the ground until police arrived.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The Sacramento Bee later reported the woman was “undergoing surgery for stab wounds to her neck and back, where the blade hit her kidney,” as of Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said the motive in the incident is currently unknown, but the suspect is believed to have been acting on his own and the incident is believed to be isolated.

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“We want to thank the community members who came to the aid of the victim this early morning and calling CHPD so quickly,” said Lt. Ryan Kinnan in a news release Wednesday evening. “It is because of their quick actions and willingness to help someone else that the suspect was quickly taken into custody.”

We want our community to feel safe in their neighborhoods and to know we will not tolerate these types of senseless acts of violence. We are committed to making our streets safe. This being said, we want to encourage everyone to report suspicious activity in your neighborhoods.

Police also said they want residents to feel safe in their neighborhoods, but warned that “criminals are going through neighborhoods looking for houses and cars to commit burglary or other crimes.” The department said community members can serve as “eyes and ears” when police aren’t around and advised that “getting to know your neighbors and reporting suspicious activity can help to prevent crime.”


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