Antioch man arrested for robbery and felony assault at the library inside Antioch Community Center on Thursday

By Lieutenant Tammany Brooks, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:49 p.m., officers responded to a subject assaulting patrons inside the library located at the Antioch Community Center, at Prewett Park. While officers were en route, witnesses reported the responsible subject fled in a blue van.

Officers arrived on scene and determined a 21-year old Antioch resident, identified as Kenneth Johnson, physically attacked two library employees for unknown reasons and without any provocation or prior warning. A citizen who was inside the library tried to intervene, but was also assaulted. Prior to leaving the scene, Johnson took money from the wallet of one of the victims.

Officers doing an area check located the van traveling northbound on Lone Tree Way. A traffic stop was conducted, and after a brief verbal confrontation, Johnson was taken into custody without incident. He was later transported to the Contra Costa County Detention Facility in Martinez for Felony Assault and Robbery.

The actual motive for the assaults is unknown at this time and still under investigation. None of the victims knew Johnson or had contact with him prior to this incident.

Both librarians were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The third victim was treated on scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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