Homicide suspect detained running from scene

Just before midnight on Friday October 1st a Folsom Police officer was driving in the 600 block of East Bidwell Street when he observed a man run across the street in front of his marked patrol car. When the officer caught up to the suspicious subject a couple of blocks away, the man directed the officer to a knife he had hidden nearby.

Officers responding to assist the first officer observed a subject lying facedown on the sidewalk in front of 606 East Bidwell Street. Those officers diverted from the first call to assist the subject, and found him non-responsive and without a pulse. Folsom Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the adult male to Mercy Folsom Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigation revealed Joshua Allen Atkins, a 22 year old transient from Folsom, had been involved in an altercation with the deceased man. When Atkins was seen by the officer, he was running from the same area the man was found. Atkins was arrested for homicide and booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

No photographs of Atkins will be released at this time. No further information regarding the victim will be released until the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office completes their investigation as to his cause of death.