SACRAMENTO—The Citrus Heights Police arrested a Sacramento man on Thursday, March 6, in connection with the murder last October of Christopher Sorgani, 49. Detectives have announced the name of the suspect, Joshua Phillip Lowery, 34 of Sacramento. He was charged with murder along with a probation violation.
On October 23, 2013, at approximately 6:30pm, the Citrus Heights Police Department responded to the report of an assault that occurred in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane near Sunrise Avenue. Witnesses told police the attacker was seen running away from the scene of the crime.
The disabled victim, Christopher Sorgani, was beaten by an unknown suspect and found on the sidewalk with a serious head injury. He died on October 27, 2014 as result of his injuries sustained during the attack. This investigation has been ongoing and appeared to be a stranger attack with no known motive.
Following the assault on Sorgani, the Citrus Heights Police Department received overwhelming support from the local news media. As a result, numerous citizens came forward and provided valuable information to detectives. This information has led to the identification and arrest of Lowery, who is believed to be responsible for the death of Sorgani.
Due to his disability, Sorgani walked with a limp. He was 5 feet 3 inches in height and weighed 140 lbs. Citrus Heights Police Detective Chad Morris said, “This beating was extreme—even by what we see on a daily basis. By all accounts, Sorgani was a likable guy. He had no enemies. He was a hardworking guy with a master’s degree.”
Nothing was stolen off of Sorgani’s body. Lowery was booked into Sacramento County Jail and has yet to appear in court. He is being held without bail.
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