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Homeless Subject Arrested for Senseless Homicide of Carmichael Man

Oct 05, 2022 12:00AM ● By Sac Sheriff's Department News Release

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have arrested Darin Chastain (54), of Sacramento County, in connection with an unprovoked and senseless homicide that occurred at 8:44 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, on the 6200 block of Kenneth Avenue. The victim is 74-year-old James C. Raleigh of Carmichael.

Darin Chastain, who is homeless and suspected of being under the influence at the time of the murder, was randomly walking through the neighborhood.  A caller to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center stated that an adult male subject was standing outside a neighbor’s home screaming and throwing rocks at the garage door.  The caller was concerned for the elderly male neighbor.  The victim came outside his home to investigate the commotion when Chastain assaulted him just outside his residence.  Chastain then fled the scene on foot.  Deputies were able to find the suspect a few minutes later and place him in custody without incident. When deputies were interviewing Mr. Raleigh regarding the details of the incident, he collapsed on the ground and had trouble breathing.  Deputies administered CPR until Metro Fire arrived to transport him to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Chastain was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on (1) count of Homicide and is being held without bail.  He will appear in Department 62 tomorrow at 3 p.m. to answer for the charges.  There is no further information available at this time.