By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau
On Friday, March 11, 2016 at approximately 9:15 p.m., two males armed with handguns entered the Subway sandwich shop at the Streets of Brentwood and pointed guns at the employees and robbed the store of money from the cash register.
Shortly after the robbery in Brentwood, Antioch Police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the Little Caesars Pizza at 4819 Lone Tree Way. Just as the robbery in Brentwood, two males armed with handguns entered the business and pointed guns at the employees and robbed the business of money from the cash register. The two agencies shared information and determined that it was most likely the same people who committed both robberies.
On Saturday, March 12, Brentwood PD was able to obtain video of the two responsible of these
robberies, getting out of a vehicle at the Streets of Brentwood just prior to committing the first robbery. They were able to capture a license plate. That vehicle was determined to be registered to an address in Antioch. From there, Detectives from Antioch and Brentwood police departments began the laborious task of working to identify those responsible for these crimes.
On Saturday, March 19 at 2103 hours a lone gunman entered the Subway sandwich shop at 3020
Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch and pointed a gun at the employees and robbed the store of money from the register. He fled prior to police being called and was not apprehended at the time. The gunman matched the description of one of the responsibles from the previous robberies.
Detectives had developed information on a 15-year-old male from Antioch as a possible suspect and subsequently arrested him on Auto Center Drive near Mahogany Way on the afternoon of Monday, March 21. The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall for Robbery and Conspiracy for the Brentwood and Antioch robberies on March 11. The juvenile was found to be in possession of a replica firearm at the time of his arrest.
On Wednesday, March 23 at 10:05 p.m. Antioch Police responded to yet another robbery. This one occurred at the Pizza Hut on Contra Loma Blvd. Just as in the Subway robbery on Delta Fair Blvd., the lone gunman entered the Pizza Hut and pointed the gun at an employee and robbed the business of money from the register. He fled prior to police being called and was not apprehended at the time. Again, the gunman matched the description of one of the responsibles from the previous robberies.
By Thursday, March 24 Antioch and Brentwood Detectives working together had identified 20-year-old Jonathan Sokoya of Stockton as the outstanding suspect that had robbed the Subway at the Streets of Brentwood and the Little Caesars in Antioch on March 11, as well as committing the additional two robberies in Antioch on March 19 and 23.
On March 24, armed with an arrest warrant, Antioch Police Detectives were able to apprehend Sokoya in Stockton without incident as he was being picked up in a car near his residence. Sokoya was in possession of a replica firearm at the time of his arrest, as well. Also in the car was 21-year-old Nicholas McBride of Antioch. McBride was determined to be the driver during some of these robberies and was taken into custody, as well.
Following the arrests, Antioch Detectives served a search warrant on Sokoya’s residence on Ian Ct. in Stockton where additional evidence of the robberies was recovered. Both were booked on conspiracy, accessory and robbery charges.
These cases have been presented to the Office of the District Attorney. The Office of the District Attorney is in the process of filing a myriad of charges including Robbery, Conspiracy and Accessory accordingly. Detectives are still reviewing the actions of this crew to determine if there are any other crimes that they are associated with. No further information will be released at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6922. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.