Modesto Police Make Arrest in Recent Homicide

MODESTO, CA – Modesto Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred last week.

On Wednesday September 12th, at about 1:47 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to a report of a male found laying unconscious in the alley in the 100 block of Melrose Street. When officers arrived, they located 32-year old Jimmy Espinoza, deceased in the alley. Preliminary examination has determined that Mr. Espinoza died from at least one stab wound.

Homicide detectives began to following up on investigative leads, which revealed Mr. Espinoza had been having an ongoing dispute with Forrest Eric Heath, a 31-year-old Modesto resident. Investigators learned Mr. Heath had recently been arrested on an unrelated case and was currently in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Today, investigators interviewed Mr. Heath and discovered Mr. Heath had been involved in a violent altercation with Mr. Espinoza and had fatally stabbed Mr. Espinoza on September 12th. Mr. Heath was re-booked into the Stanislaus County Jail this evening for one count of murder.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.