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Suspect arrested in Valentine’s Day shooting at Citrus Heights apartment complex

File photo, the Montage Apartments are located at 12801 Fair Oaks Blvd., in Citrus Heights. // M. Hazlip

Sentinel staff report–
A 30-year-old man identified as the suspect in a Valentine’s Day shooting at the Montage Apartments in Citrus Heights was arrested last week in Stanislaus County.

Police Lt. Michael Wells said the shooting suspect, Ceres resident Sathaphone Manivongphaphonhsay, was arrested on unrelated charges earlier this month by the Ceres Police Department. The lieutenant said an arrest warrant had been issued for the suspect after an extensive investigation by police after the Feb. 14 shooting.

From Feb: Man injured in shooting at Citrus Heights apartment complex

During that incident, police said officers responded to a shooting at the Montage Apartments and found a 34-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg. A preliminary investigation pointed to a drug robbery, as police at the time said responding officers had found “a significant amount of narcotics and currency.”

A prior news report from The Ceres Courier shows Manivongphaphonhsay was also arrested five months ago after allegedly being found passed out in the drivers seat of a vehicle, with marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside.

During his latest arrest on April 7, The Courier reported Manivongphaphonhsay was found “with a loaded concealed handgun in his waistband.” He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in addition to the felony arrest warrant out of Citrus Heights.

The local police department credited the “hard work and cooperation of the Ceres Police Department” in assisting with the arrest.

The shooting at the Montage Apartments was one of three separate shootings reported by The Sentinel in February. Another shooting reportedly occurred on April 16 in the Citrus Town Center. A separate story will be published about this incident in The Sentinel’s upcoming Weekend Edition on Sunday.

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