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Suspected W. Sacramento carjacker identified

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The man suspected of shooting at three people, carjacking three others, stealing a tractor, and leading police on a pursuit through the western and northern sections of Sacramento before being killed on Friday was identified on Saturday.

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38-year-old Jimmy Lee Graves of Sacramento was confirmed as the man killed in the shootout at the Ardenaire apartment complex on Ethan Way where the 15-hour crime spree culminated, said Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept.  

According to Steele, Graves lengthy spree began around 6:40 a.m. in West Sacramento when he was caught burglarizing the B&R Head and Block Repair shop on Harbor Blvd. by three employees. Upon realizing he had been discovered, Graves fired a first round of shots at the employees who took cover behind a machine, then a second round when they fled the building.

Graves escaped the building prior to the arrival of West Sacramento police officers and carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the area of Poplar and West Capitol Avenue, Steele said.

Police in the area located Graves, who committed a second armed carjacking while fleeing from officers, said Steele.

According to Steele, Graves shot at police while fleeing from police through West Sacramento and along Interstate 80, hitting one patrol vehicle's windshield, before crashing the stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot.

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Graves was then suspected of stealing a tractor which he drove to the area of County Road 127 and River Road in Yolo County where he physically assaulted a man then stole his 2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck, Steel said.

The F-150 was located abandoned a short while later in the area of Lerwick and Morse Ave. near the Arden area of Sacramento. Police responded to the scene and through ongoing investigative efforts, determined Graves' whereabouts at the Ardenaire apartment complex on the 1900 block of Ethan Way.

According to Steele, Graves then barricaded himself inside an apartment. In an ensuing standoff with authorities in which Graves was ordered to surrender repeatedly, he started a fire inside the apartment and was subsequently shot by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies to allow emergency personnel to extinguish the rapidly growing fire.

"My neighbors had to be evacuated, which of course was very scary. There's kids over there," said tenant Jasmine Weaver.

Weaver watched from the balcony of her second story apartment at Ardenaire Apartments. She saw Graves punch a hole in the unit he was in.

"He was peaking in and out like a turtle," said Weaver. "Very crazy...Then, he started a fire that was roaring out the back. Me and my daughters were the main ones watching and then we could see the flickering and I thought, 'oh goodness! he's starting a fire!'"

Saturday evening, the Red Cross said that tenants from 34 units at Ardenaire Apartments remained evacuated because of water and fire damage. Many of those tenants had mental needs and assisted abilities.

Paul Weltz lives 3 doors from where the suspect holed up. He evacuated and remains displaced.

"I didn't have time to grab my hearing aid. Thank goodness I had my wallet in my pocket," said Weltz. "I went and checked on it (my place.) The roof over my bedroom where my apartment is at caved in. I was three apartments away!"

Several tenants at Ardernaire Apartments said they had seen Graves around.

"I just saw him around riding his bike. He usually rides his bike and locks it up to the entrance of the apartment unit," said Carmen Reed, a tenant. 

Some residents believed Graves was visiting his mother or a friend in the complex. But law enforcement still can't confirm what ultimately led Graves to the apartment that he allegedly set fire to after a day-long manhunt.

"It happened in West Sacramento and ended in our apartment. It's kind of shocking," said Reed.



News10 Reporter Suzanne Phan contributed to this story. sphan@news10.net



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