Days after midtown Sacramento resident Kelsey Snyder was murdered, police released the name of the person they believe is responsible.
According to court documents released Monday, Sacramento police believe Mohammad Khan, 34, shot and killed Snyder last Friday insider her midtown apartment. Police said in the court documents that Khan and Snyder were in a relationship, and had labeled him as a suspect; officers even requested an arrest warrant for Khan.
Jennifer Calhoun lives next door to Khan and his mother on Red Ribbon Court in Manteca. She said she was shocked to learn he was suspected in a murder.
"[Khan] was actually quiet, he kept to himself," Calhoun said.
She said Khan was helped her family when Khan's brother broke into their home a while ago.
"He helped us out and he called the cops and gave a statement," Calhoun said. "He was a decent guy for what we knew."
Khan is now a man on the run. Police said he is armed and dangerous, and possibly headed to Mexico.
Sacramento police have said they waited four days to name Khan as suspect because there were a number of factors in the case to consider.
"Early on in the case, detectives had an idea of a person of interest, but they were trying to determine to what extent he was involved," Sgt. Doug Morse said
Despite being a risk to leave the country, Morse believes the timing of naming a suspect won't impact finding the suspect.
"Every case is different," Morse said. "It's a balancing act -- detectives worked very hard to get this suspect ID."
Police said by identifying a suspect now, they can better communicate with other agencies in Southern California.