On Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 1:48 a.m., 21-year-old Mary Ourk was driving with her friend from a downtown night club when they noticed a vehicle following them and honking its horn. At 12th and W Streets, the suspect vehicle pulled up next to Mary Ourk’s car. The suspect shot and killed Mary Ourk. The incident was unprovoked and random.
Sacramento Police homicide detectives worked diligently on the case and got a break after Dominick West was arrested by members of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force for sex trafficking of a minor. The Innocence Lost Task Force is a Federal initiative that includes the Sacramento Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigators focus on domestic sex trafficking of juveniles for prostitution.
With the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Carol Sund/Carrington Foundation reward fund, and other investigative methods, the task force and homicide detectives were able to link 27-year-old Dominick West to the murder of Mary Ourk. West has been in custody since March 2008 on the Federal sex trafficking case. On December 30, 2008, Dominick West was additionally charged with murder.