Prison officials investigate attempted homicide in Folsom

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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A Folsom inmate is in stable condition after being attacked by at least two other inmates July 31. Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom are investigating the attempted homicide of an inmate who was attacked while on the main exercise yard. The victim, Arnulfo Sarabia, 32, of Los Angeles County, received multiple stab wounds from an inmate-manufactured weapon when he was attacked on the main yard of one of the prison’s three general population maximum-security yards, said Lt. Tony Quinn, with California State Prison-Sacramento. According to Quinn, Sarabia received approximately 14 stab wounds. He is not in critical condition at this time and returned to the prison within a few days after being transported to a local hospital, Quinn said. Sarabia has been incarcerated since Jan. 17, 1997, and is serving a 45-year sentence for robbery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in Los Angeles County. Prison officials recovered at least one inmate-manufactured weapon and have identified two suspects in the attempted homicide, Quinn said. Their names are being withheld at this time. The case is under investigation by the institution’s Investigative Services Unit. Additionally, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has been notified, Quinn said. The prison opened in 1986 and employs more than 1,700 people. The Folsom facility houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences or inmates who have proved to be management problems at other institutions. For more information about California State Prison-Sacramento, visit