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'We can get some type of closure': Suspect in disappearance, homicide of Erica Brown arrested in Sacramento area

Fairfield police said Mark Randle was taken into custody Thursday night.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — The suspect in the disappearance and homicide of a Fairfield woman was arrested in the Sacramento area Thursday night.

Fairfield Police Department announced Mark Randle was found with help from the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. 

Randle is a suspect in the disappearance and homicide of Erica Brown. She was reported missing to police Aug. 25 and was last seen at her home Aug. 20. Police believe Brown is dead based on the information they've gathered. 

“It was a good feeling," said Nisha Criff, Brown's best friend. "Just to know that he is not on the streets and running, and kind of feeling like he's untouchable.”

Fairfield Police say Brown’s disappearance was suspicious and that they have reason to believe she is no longer alive.

"It's the reality again of what he did, and she's not going to be here," said Criff. "So it's like a lose situation on both ends. But I take pride and thank the police for finding him and knowing that we can get some type of closure.”

Criff says she, Brown’s other close friends and family strongly believe Randle killed her.

Randle was booked Friday morning into the Solano County Jail. Documents show he is facing two felony charges of murder and torture.

“Erica was a loving person. She is probably not the only person that is dealing with domestic violence, I think a lot of women or men who are in domestic violence situations are just naturally embarrassed," said Criff. "I hope that they take this situation to speak up more, because it could be your sister, your brother, your family member, it doesn't really hit you until it's close to home.”

That’s why this whole ordeal is hard for Brown’s 13-year-old daughter, family and friends to wrap their heads around.

Criff says they are hopeful Brown’s body will be found and justice will be served.

“We are still going to look, we are still going to find her and give her the proper burial that she needs and get closure," she said.

Randle is not eligible for bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday. 


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