NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) — A man is under arrest on suspicion of striking and killing his own grandfather with a baseball bat in North Highlands.

The incident happened Thursday night along the 3700 block of Bolivar Avenue. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, a man called 911 and told dispatchers he had hit his grandfather with a bat and that he was dead.

Deputies responded, detained the caller, then found the elderly man in the home. The 78-year-old had suffered trauma to his body, deputies noted, and was rushed to the hospital. He was soon pronounced dead.

On Friday, the sheriff’s office identified the suspect as 34-year-old Frank Swanson. He has been booked into Sacramento County Jail.

The name of the victim has not been released at this point.

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According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to three calls for service at the Bolivar Avenue home the day before and the morning of the homicide. Swanson was reportedly creating a disturbance each time but was not committing any crimes.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said a mental health unit responded after a 911 call and performed an evaluation on Swanson. They say he did not fit the criteria for a 5150, so he was allowed to stay at the home. 

On Thursday morning, deputies were first called around 5 a.m. when a female caller reported Swanson was banging on doors. Responding deputies spoke with Swanson then but, again, said he did not fit the 5150 criteria. 

The sheriff’s office was called a second time around 7:45 a.m. for another disturbance.

The last call they received was from Swanson himself about the homicide Thursday night. Deputies said he was cooperative and peacefully taken into custody. 

According to online court records, Swanson has a criminal history dating back to 2008 with charges including DUI, domestic violence against a spouse, aggravated battery, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon.


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