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CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – One man is behind bars and another is on the run. Citrus Heights police have identified the suspects accused of murdering a man on the porch of his home.
Police have an arrest warrant for 28-year-old Andrew Johnson, who is no stranger to the law.
“Horrible, horrible, still in shock,” said Jake Swaim’s friend, who wished to remain anonymous.
It’s been a heartbreaking eight days for the best friend of Swaim. His friend was the victim of a brutal attack, hit with an unidentified object, which left him unconscious on the porch of his home in the 6300 block of Stonehand Avenue on Jan. 5. He died later at a nearby hospital.
“We lost a very, very good man here,” said the friend.
On Saturday, police arrested Jeffrey Powell. He’s being investigated for the murder, and police are now on the lookout for Johnson.
Many of Swaim’s friends are not ready to go on camera while Johnson’s on the loose. Friends did tell CBS13 that they want people to know how special Swaim was.
“Well rounded, loving family, not a big talker, not a gossip, straight up about everything,” said a friend.
Swaim’s funeral was held Saturday. He leaves behind two children and six grandchildren.
“They’re going through a real hard time, a real hard time. He’s got a large family,” said Swaim’s friend.
His friends say the family is paying close attention to the investigation, but won’t begin to heal until police are able to track down Johnson.
“It scares them to death. I believe they really want him behind bars,” said the friend.
The neighbors don’t want to speculate on a motive, but say Swaim is the last person who would have ever gotten into a confrontation.
Powell was booked into Sacramento County Jail and was charged with murder. He is set to appear before a judge on Tuesday.
Anybody with information regarding the incident or whereabouts of Johnson is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.