Back on July 31, after a male with a chest wound was admitted to Vaca Valley Hospital Emergency Room, hospital staff notified Vacaville Police.
The victim, Aurelio Pena-Lemus, 22 of Vacaville, remained unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the hospital after several minutes. Responding to the hospital, Vacaville Police learned where Pena-Lemus had been wounded. Vacaville Police Department Investigative Services Detectives pursued an investigation into Pena-Lemus’s death with interviews and processing massive amounts of evidence at the crime scene. It was reported that Pena-Lemus was stabbed in the area on Markham Avenue north of Vineyard Valley Road.
During their three week investigation, the Vacaville P.D. detectives successfully identified Samuel Nodine as a suspect in the alleged murder, and secured a warrant for his arrest. Then, on August 27, they received a tip that Nodine was seen driving a blue Audi automobile on the streets of Vacaville. Detectives and patrol officers initiated a thorough search for this vehicle. Soon a dark blue Audi A4 was spotted near the corner of Mason and Depot Streets. It had been reported stolen out of Napa on August 23.
Patrol officers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle. Instead it sped onto westbound I-80. The officers gave chase at speeds soon exceeding 90 mph. However, the officers lost sight of the Audi A4 near Waterman Boulevard in Fairfield.
Minutes later, the California Highway Patrol was informed a single car had crashed near the Travis Boulevard off-ramp. CHP responding officers found the Audi A4 lying on its side. The driver fled on foot, and CHP and Fairfield officers ran after him. The driver was soon cornered and arrested behind the Motel 6 on Holiday Lane in Fairfield. He was then positively identified as Samuel Nodine and was taken into custody on the warrant for Pena-Lemus’s murder.
Daily Republic: Suspect in Vacaville homicide caught after high speed chase