Roommate arrested in brutal Nob Hill homicide case 

Police in Marin County have arrested the roommate of a 67-year old artist who was brutally slain in his Nob Hill apartment almost a week before a neighbor called authorities.

Waheed Kesmatyer, 24, is suspected in the homicide of Jack Baker, who was found “brutally stabbed, strangled and beaten,” according to San Francisco Police Department homicide Lt. Lea Miletello.

Kesmatyer was arrested in Marin County for an undisclosed misdemeanor charge. He will be extradited to San Francisco where prosecutors will make a decision whether to prosecute him on homicide charges.

Baker, a window display designer at Macy’s in San Rafael, was found deceased inside his apartment at 1035 Bush St. on Feb. 11. He was last seen Feb. 4 and his neighbor had called police after the neighbor’s dog began sniffing and scratching at the apartment door.

Kesmatyer had been Baker’s roommate since October, according to Militello, who did not offer a motive in the slaying.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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