Prosecutor files formal complaint against Toby Sauceda in Forest Jackson’s death


MLT Police DepartmentThe Snohomish County Prosecutor has filed a formal complaint in Snohomish County District Court against Toby Jamyson Sauceda, 20, who was arrested by Mountlake Terrace police at the Lakeside Apartments around 2 a.m. on March 29 for the alleged murder of Forest Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.

Bail was set at $1,000,000 for Sauceda, who will remain in custody while the prosecutor assembles formal charges against him. He is expected to be charged with second-degree murder in Superior Court by April 18.

Sauceda was taken into custody without incident Saturday morning in the 6300 block of St. Albion Way. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail with a request from Mountlake Terrace police to keep under observation as a suicide watch.

Multiple 911 calls came in around 1:45 a.m. Saturday from both inside and outside the apartment where the suspected murder took place in the ‘B’ building of the Lakeside Apartments. One 911 call, according to police reports, came from Sauceda himself as he stood near the apartment complex’s main office. He reportedly told the 911 dispatcher, “He’s dead; he’s gone,” and that he had killed his friend with a knife.

Police reports describe the second-story apartment where the incident took place as having “a large amount of blood on the carpet and blood spattered across the walls.” The body of Jackson was found lying on the floor with a large cut on the right side of his neck. Police officers tried to locate a pulse, but were unable to; fire department personnel who arrived soon after pronounced Jackson deceased at the scene.

According to the police reports, Sauceda told arresting officers that he is addicted to Xanex and that someone had stolen his stash.

A public memorial service for Jackson is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 814 N.E. 85th St. in Seattle.

— By Doug Petrowski


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