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Rancho Cordova machete attack: 60-year-old victim dies


A 60-year-old Rancho Cordova man who was hit in the head with a machete earlier this week has died, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday. The victim, a longtime resident in the area, was riding his electric bicycle Monday evening when a man lurking at a nearby park on Zinfandel Drive and Italia Way approached and struck him with the machete, Sacramento sheriff spokesperson Rod Grassmann said. The victim was able to cycle away for a few hundred feet before falling on the ground.The victim had just recently retired from working for the state, Grassmann said. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified him.The suspected attacker, 42-year-old James Hall, was arrested in connection, the sheriff’s office said. He was found Wednesday at the Shasta Community Park following a manhunt. Hall took public transportation to Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and then went to the park.The sheriff’s office said Hall faces an attempted homicide charge, and his motive for what is being called an ambushed assault is unknown.Deputies found “quite a trove” of evidence from a nearby preschool the night of the attack, Grassmann said. Hall is believed to have left the evidence shortly after assaulting the cyclist. The machete used was also found, but it is unknown if the machete was found at the preschool.Hall is an unhoused individual known to frequent the Rancho Cordova and Sacramento areas, Grassmann said. Deputies on Tuesday provided a 2016 booking photo of Hall, but his criminal history is not known.On Friday, Hall appeared in court for the first time. His case will be continued at a later time.City of Rancho Cordova responds to the attackThe city of Rancho Cordova said in a statement on Wednesday that officials’ thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.”The suspect in this case, James Hall, is one of an estimated 10,000 homeless individuals living in the Sacramento region, and on November 28, he was in our city,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, heinous crimes occur all too often, in every community across our great nation, and homelessness has become a crisis at the national, state and local level. When tragedy strikes, community members are concerned—for themselves, their families, their friends and neighbors—and ask: What is being done?”The statement went on to say that the city council has recently approved more money for a Homeless Outreach Team that will net $2.2 million in total funding.

A 60-year-old Rancho Cordova man who was hit in the head with a machete earlier this week has died, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.

The victim, a longtime resident in the area, was riding his electric bicycle Monday evening when a man lurking at a nearby park on Zinfandel Drive and Italia Way approached and struck him with the machete, Sacramento sheriff spokesperson Rod Grassmann said. The victim was able to cycle away for a few hundred feet before falling on the ground.

The victim had just recently retired from working for the state, Grassmann said. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified him.

The suspected attacker, 42-year-old James Hall, was arrested in connection, the sheriff’s office said. He was found Wednesday at the Shasta Community Park following a manhunt. Hall took public transportation to Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and then went to the park.

James Hall

The sheriff’s office said Hall faces an attempted homicide charge, and his motive for what is being called an ambushed assault is unknown.

Deputies found “quite a trove” of evidence from a nearby preschool the night of the attack, Grassmann said. Hall is believed to have left the evidence shortly after assaulting the cyclist. The machete used was also found, but it is unknown if the machete was found at the preschool.

Hall is an unhoused individual known to frequent the Rancho Cordova and Sacramento areas, Grassmann said. Deputies on Tuesday provided a 2016 booking photo of Hall, but his criminal history is not known.

On Friday, Hall appeared in court for the first time. His case will be continued at a later time.

City of Rancho Cordova responds to the attack

The city of Rancho Cordova said in a statement on Wednesday that officials’ thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.

“The suspect in this case, James Hall, is one of an estimated 10,000 homeless individuals living in the Sacramento region, and on November 28, he was in our city,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, heinous crimes occur all too often, in every community across our great nation, and homelessness has become a crisis at the national, state and local level. When tragedy strikes, community members are concerned—for themselves, their families, their friends and neighbors—and ask: What is being done?”

The statement went on to say that the city council has recently approved more money for a Homeless Outreach Team that will net $2.2 million in total funding.