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Sounds of explosion in Antioch turn out to be fireworks that injured boy, Wednesday morning

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By Sergeant K. Ouimet #2031, Antioch Police Field Services Division

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:59 AM Antioch Police received calls of an explosion heard in the apartment complex located at 2200 Sycamore Drive. Similar callers reported hearing the explosion and that a child had been injured. The child’s mother called 911 and reported that her nine-year-old son was playing with fireworks inside their apartment and injured his hand.

Antioch Police along with Contra Costa Fire and AMR responded and located the child inside his apartment. The child had severe trauma and burn injuries to his right hand and finger tips. Contra Costa Fire requested an air-ambulance to transport the child to an area hospital.

No one else was injured during this incident and the investigation is continuing into how the child obtained the fireworks.

Any further information or additional press releases will be provided by the Investigations Bureau at (925) 779-6939. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Police arrest attempted kidnapper of two teenage girls in Antioch, Monday morning

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

By Acting Lieutenant T. Schnitzius #2840, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:34 AM the Antioch Police received a call of an attempted kidnapping that occurred on Sagebrush Drive. A 16-year-old student reported to school staff that while walking to school a male in a white four door Mazda with no plates pulled alongside her and tried to convince her to get in his car. The victim refused and continued walking. The suspect followed in his car and after a short distance pulled over, got out of his vehicle, and grabbed the victim by her arm, again trying to convince her to get in his car. The victim broke free and the suspect fled the area. Upon arrival at school the victim reported the incident to school staff who in turn sent out a district notification.

A second victim came forward after hearing the announcement and reported a similar incident with the same suspect and vehicle description which occurred a month ago and was not reported to police. The second victim was able to provide officers with information regarding where she had seen the suspect vehicle on prior occasions. Officers responded to the area of Mt. Conness Way and located the vehicle occupied by the suspect. The victims were brought to the scene and both positively identified the suspect, 21-year-old Javonn Allen, who was arrested.

If you witnessed this accident and/or have information please contact the Antioch Police Department. You may also submit an anonymous tip by texting 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Two shot during shoot out in Antioch, two arrested, Wednesday afternoon

Friday, March 20th, 2015
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Antioch Police on the scene of the shoot-out at 9th and J Streets on Wednesday afternoon. By Allen Payton

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at approximately 5:11 p.m., Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the J and W. 9th Streets for a report of shots fired and at least one subject struck by gunfire. Upon arrival, officers located Timothy Crabtree, a 22-year-old male from Antioch, in a nearby apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male was conscious and taken to a nearby trauma center for treatment. We located two locations where it appeared shots were exchanged between the two gunmen.

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A police officer places evidence cones where bullet casings were located on J Street between West 9th and 10th Streets. A total of 19 evidence cones were placed at the scene. By Allen Payton

Witnesses in the area provided detailed information regarding the shooting. Within a short period of time, we learned the victim may have been involved in the shooting and actually returned fire before being struck. One handgun was recovered from the scene as well as numerous casings. Eventually a second victim, Michael Johnson, a 24-year-old male from Antioch, showed up at a local hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

After the shooting, witnesses reported seeing some people involved in the shooting run into another nearby apartment. At this location Officers found Alvin Crane, a 29-year-old male from San Pablo, hiding in a bathroom. Crane was found to be in possession of a firearm, 21 baggies of cocaine, along with marijuana and evidence of sales.

Crane was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for drug possession and sales and several charges relating to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on $275,000 bail.

Crabtree was treated and released from the hospital and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and probation violation.

Johnson was treated and released from the hospital and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on an outstanding warrant.

This case is still under investigation. No further information will be released at this time. Anybody having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Rose at (925) 779-6930. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

See more photos on the Antioch Herald Facebook page at www.facebook.com/antiochheraldca.

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Antioch Police stop residential burglary, resident catches it on video

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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By Allen Payton

A video posted on YouTube by Antioch resident Marcus Carnero, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, showed a residential burglary in progress, on West Madill Street and the Antioch Police stopping it.

Watch it, by clicking here.

 

 

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Antioch Police Officers share thoughts on police staffing, crime in letter to the community

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Antioch Police Officer’s Association would like to take a moment and address concerns regarding crime and the hiring of additional police officers. We are extremely pleased to see the citizens have raised their voices regarding these issues. We appreciate the support we as police officers have received from both the community and our city council. It is grass root efforts that will make this city come together and reduce the crime in our community.

The APOA has had recent meetings with Mayor Harper and other council members in an effort to establish goals and continue to bring more officers to the fight. In the last year, we have made great strides in both hiring of new officers and lowering crime with directed patrol efforts and we are seeing a difference. We believe Mayor Harper and the council are dedicated to giving the Antioch Police Department the resources it needs to reduce crime.

The Antioch Police Department Administration along with the Human Resources Department have been working diligently to conduct interviews and hire the most qualified applicants for the available positions. It is imperative to understand that this is a very long tedious process but crucial to find the best officers. We the APOA want everyone to understand, the crime problem within our community, did not occur over night. The economic downturn, prison release programs, and poorly written propositions are all part of the equation. There is no one person to blame for the crime in our community and this includes Mayor Harper.

The APOA would like to ask the community to come together and use this grass roots momentum to reduce crime. There are several steps you can take which will greatly affect our efforts.

If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress please call. You can remain anonymous but please remember you are our best witness. Become part of your neighborhood watch program, this will have a direct effect right in your own backyard. Volunteer within the community for events such as neighborhood clean up or become one of our many volunteers in Police Services.

In closing, the APOA feels that we do have the support of the Mayor and council as well as our community. We can see a light at the end of the tunnel and with your help can make great strides in solving this problem.

Thank you,

President
William Dee

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U.S. Marshalls, Antioch Police catch suspect in August murder, Thursday

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Carlos Ventura U.S. Marshalls, Antioch Police catch suspect in August murder, Thursday

Carlos Ventura

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On August 24, 214 at approximately 12:23 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 200 block of Lawton St. The officers arrived to find an adult male victim incapacitated from multiple, apparent gunshot wounds. Life saving measures were taken by the arriving officers and medical personnel, and the victim was transported to a local area hospital. He was ultimately pronounced deceased at the hospital. This case is currently being investigated as a homicide by the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau. We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation, and no further information will be released at this time.

UPDATE: After this homicide occurred, the Antioch Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshalls Office in locating and arresting Carlos Ventura (22 years old, out of Antioch). Carlos was wanted on a warrant for the 8/24/14 murder of Deon Anderson (30 years old, out of San Francisco).

On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at approximately 11:55 AM the U.S. Marshalls requested the assistance of the Antioch Police Department as Ventura had fled from a vehicle they had stopped in the 1000 block of Claudia Court. APD officers arrived and quickly set up a perimeter. It was learned that Ventura had entered an apartment of an acquaintance. Ventura surrendered shortly thereafter without incident.

19 year old Viktoria Martin out of Antioch was the driver of the vehicle that Ventura had been in. She was arrested and brought to APD for questioning and subsequently sent to the Contra Costa County Main Detention facility in Martinez.

Ventura will be booked into the Contra Costa Main Detention Facility in Martinez on the charges of Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition as well as a parole hold. Ventura’s bail for the charges is $1,100,000 with no bail allowed for the parole hold.

Viktoria Martin was booked on accessory and obstruction charges with a bail of $500,000. No photo of Martin available at the time of this writing.

No further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Possible attempted abduction of Antioch girl on Wednesday, police investigating

Friday, March 13th, 2015

By Sergeant D. Bittner #3252, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at approximately 7:00 AM, a 12-year-old female was walking to school in the rain. While she was walking near the 2200 block of Sycamore Drive, a black male adult stopped his vehicle next to her and asked her if she wanted a ride. The 12-year-old female took off running eastbound on Sycamore Drive. The black male adult followed the female and asked her a second time if she would like a ride. The female took off running towards Antioch High School and advised a security guard of the incident.

The female described the black male as being in his late 30’s with an unshaven face, driving a white or gold vehicle that had an appearance similar to a PT Cruiser.

Officers are currently investigating the incident in order to determine if any crime was committed. Officers ask that the involved male or anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Antioch police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441.You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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UPDATE: Woman arrested for murder, then released in shooting death of man, last week, claims it was an accident

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Kimberly Saunders1 UPDATE: Woman arrested for murder, then released in shooting death of man, last week, claims it was an accident

Kimberly Saunders arrest photo on March 2, 2015.

By Allen Payton

Kimberly Saunders, one of three people arrested for murder and other charges in the shooting death of Chris Monico, on Monday, March 2, 2015, after being released without any charges filed against her, says it was an accident.

Also charged and still being held on murder charges, are her husband, Tony Belfield and her nephew, Richard Ludlow.

Saunders claims Monico was brought to her and Belfield’s Antioch home by her brother and Monico lived with them for over a month before the tragic incident, hiding out from people who wanted to harm him.

In an email to the Herald, on Monday, March 9, Saunders wrote, “Dear Christopher Monico’s family. We are sorry for your loss…Christopher was not killed in cold blood. We loved Christopher. It was a mere accident we didn’t know it was him running about the car.”

Christopher stayed with us for a whole month-and-a-half, with my nephew, my husband and me. I would never, neither my husband or my nephew ever hurt him. We were together every single day,” she added.

I just wanted to tell you guys I’m very very sorry so sorry we lost him we love him too and know he was your immediate blood family but we love them, too,” Saunders continued. “I took care of him he was my responsibility… and then this happens…& I just am lost for words I really don’t know what to say, you know. I’m sorry I don’t know what to say it’s like I said it wasn’t intentionally done.”

UPDATE 3/11/15: In an interview, today, Saunders provided a more detailed explanation of what occurred.

My brother, who had broken up with his girlfriend, Chris and my nephew didn’t have a place to stay. They came to stay with us. We were staying with someone else. That wasn’t even our house. We were looking for our own house.

One day my husband and Chris were looking for a friend of ours that was fixing our car stereo.

There were two guys there, a black guy and a Hispanic guy. As Tony and Chris drove away the two men opened fire on them. This was three days before Chris’ death.

When asked why they didn’t call the police after the two men shot at Tony and Chris, she stated, “We’re not cop callers. It is what it is.”

Tony and Chris said they’d never seen those two in the area, before” she stated.

The next time they saw them, again was on the day Monico was shot and killed and, she claims is what led to the tragedy.

Saunders said that on the day of the shooting “Chris said ‘we saw the same two guys who shot at us and they circled around us a couple times,’” Saunders said. “So I told him to go back to the house and stay inside.”

We [Belfield, Ludlow and Saunders] drove around looking to see if we could find the two men. But, we didn’t see them. We drove around for a couple hours. But they were gone. So, we went shopping. Then when we got back, there was an argument between Chris and my nephew Richard. I told Chris to go cool off and we went to go the 7-11 to get a Slurpee.”

When we got back we could see Chris outside. He said he was alright. I had to go make a run somewhere else, and he said he was going to go to a friend’s house. Then no more than five minutes later we got a text from Chris that the two guys who shot at him and Tony were in Hudson Court. We live around the corner. It seemed like the guys were over there looking for him. We turned around to go back to Hudson Court to park and to see if we knew who the guys were and my nephew [Ludlow] yelled ‘somebody’s running up on the car’ and without hesitation Tony shot out the window a warning shot to get them to back up. He wasn’t intentionally trying to shoot anyone. We didn’t know anyone was shot until 10 and a half hours, later, the next day,” Saunders explained.

After my husband shot the gun, my nephew just drove off. Guns aren’t supposed to be around my husband. The gun that was left in the car was Chris’ gun,” she added.

When asked if they had heard Chris cry out, Saunders replied “No. No. Nothing. We didn’t hear anybody. Chris was supposed to be in the house with his friend.”

The friend lived on Hudson Court.

We were driving and we saw the police coming down the street, no sirens, nothing.

My nephew didn’t have his lights on. We were told that the police were going to pull us over for a traffic stop.

But, my nephew got a little nervous and he panicked because there was a gun in the car.”

It made it look really bad,” she stated. “So, when the police got behind us, it seemed like they were after us. He ran a red light and then it went from there. It was a high-speed chase.”

That ended on Mahogany Way, where Ludlow crashed the car into the garage of a house in the 1700 block of Mahogany Way, and the three were arrested by Antioch Police.

The case is still under investigation by the police. The original articles on this case can be viewed here and here.

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