City of Sacramento Police Department

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Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

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For Immediate Release No. 20120717-096
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Police Arrest Alleyway Homicide Suspect

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 28-year-old, Winzer Hayden for the murder of Wesley Wheeler.

On July 10, 2012, at 1:52 a.m., police responded to the 2100 block of Del Paso Boulevard regarding a welfare check of a subject who was lying in an alleyway.  Upon arrival, officers located Wesley Wheeler and later determined he sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.  Medical personnel arrived on scene and pronounced him deceased.

On July 12, 2012, officers arrested Winzer Hayden on an unrelated charge and booked him into the Sacramento County Jail.  While in custody, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department developed information leading to Hayden's involvement in the murder of Wesley Wheeler.

Today, July 17, 2012, Winzer Hayden (pictured below) has been formally charged for the murder of Wesley Wheeler.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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