Sutter County Pair Held In Dragging Death Of Black Man

Two men accused of fatally dragging a man behind a truck remained jailed Monday while authorities investigate whether race was a factor in the black man's death.

Aaron Richard Ouelette, 21, and Michael Angelo Sanudo, 20, both of Yuba City, are each being held on $1 million bond on suspicion of murder, robbery, gang affiliation and parole violation.

They are accused of robbing, beating, and running over the victim, who was dragged face down under the truck.

Sutter County district attorney Carl Adams said Monday he was waiting for investigators' reports before deciding what charges to file.

Yuba City police described the victim as a black man in his 30s.

They were still not identifying him Monday, until they could notify his family.

Investigators said Ouelette and Sanudo beat and kicked the man in an alley, stole some of his property, then ran over him at least twice in a pickup early Saturday.

He became caught under the truck and was "dragged for a considerable distance" before the men stopped and abandoned the truck, according to police reports.

A witness who identified herself as T. Perico, 37, called police after she heard tires screeching near her home. She said she saw the truck stopped in the alley with the passenger looking to see if the victim was still underneath the truck.

The truck then drove off again with the victim still trapped, as neighbors screamed to one another.

After the suspects fled, "we ran to see if there was anything we could do," Perico said. "One woman was trying to push the truck" to get it off the man's body.

Police said the man was dead when they arrived.

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