Antioch Police Department narcotic investigators served a search warrant on Tulare Court, where 44-year-old Antioch Resident Jack Foster was suspected of illegally growing and selling marijuana. The search uncovered a grow of more than 200 plants in the garage of the residence.
Foster, 45-year-old Antioch resident Brian Murphy and 29-year-old Brentwood resident Jennifer Curtis were present and arrested for the cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy. Foster and Curtis were additionally charged with the sale of marijuana and child endangerment, as Curtis had repeatedly brought her infant to the residence.
Additional charges against Foster were possession of a stolen firearm (stolen from Butte County in 2008) and theft of utilities.
The electricity in the garage was illegally wired to avoid charges from the utility company. This is common in dwellings where marijuana is grown, and is also very dangerous. It is not uncommon for these illegal wiring connections to cause fires.
Foster and Curtis are being held in the Martinez Detention Facility awaiting charges by the district attorney. Murphy was released pending further investigation.
Officers of the Antioch Police Department made the first of two arrests in connection to a Dec. 7 shooting of a 14-year-old Deer Valley High School student.
The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Antioch resident Jonathan Benton, was arrested without incident near his home. The primary lead in the case came about after Benton became involved in an altercation with an off-duty Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy and dropped an identification card as he fled.
The deputy was aware of the description of the shooting suspect and notified the Antioch PD. Antioch detectives positively identified Benton as the suspect who shot the victim. Benton confessed to the shooting following his arrest.
Further investigation led to the identification of a second suspect, a 15-year-old of Bay Point resident who was living in Antioch at the time of the shooting.
On Jan. 8, Antioch police officers conducted a probation search at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Benton is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility while the case is being prepared by the district attorney.
The second suspect is being held at Contra Costa Juvenile Hall. Both face charges of attempted murder. The juvenile also faces charges of probation violation. The victim has fully recovered and is at home.
Jan. 9, 1:23 a.m.
Antioch Police officers were conducting a routine security check at Johnny B’s Bar on Sycamore Drive when two vehicles pulled into the parking lot and a fight began. The vehicles’ occupants had been involved in a shooting on Highway 4. Three occupants of one of the vehicles were struck by gunfire. One was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other two sustained moderate injuries, were treated at a local hospital and released.
The deceased victim is a 34-year-old Pittsburg resident Erick Jones. The other two victims were female residents of Pittsburg, one 25 years old and the other 46.
It appears the incident began as a fight at Quin’s Bistro on Lone Tree Way. As some of the involved parties departed and were traveling westbound on Highway 4, an unknown vehicle pulled beside the victims’ vehicles and began shooting at them. Both vehicles were struck by gunfire. The vehicles proceeded to Johhny B’s Bar, where officers learned of the shooting.
On Jan. 11 at 1:40 a.m., 23-year-old Rodeo resident David Pagan was taken into custody without incident for the murder of Jones. Pagan was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility and booked on the charge of murder.
Jan. 10, 8:19 p.m.
Three adult males entered the Grocery Outlet on A Street just after closing and confronted the store manager in his office while other employees were at the back of the store.
The subjects demanded money and took an unknown amount of cash after assaulting the manager. The manager sustained minor injuries and did not require medical assistance. No weapons were seen.
The robbers are described as white, approximately 18 to 25 years of age and wearing dark clothing. Those with information regarding this case should call the Antioch Police Department at 925-778-2441.
Jan. 11, 8:38 p.m.
An Antioch police officer was flagged down on Minner Avenue at Cavallo Road by an adult male, an adult female and a 16-year-old male, who reported that they had just been robbed by two black male juveniles, one of whom was armed with a handgun. Both robbers were wearing dark clothing with hooded shirts.
The victims were approached by the robbers while they were walking down the street. A purse was taken from the female and personal property from the other two victims. No one was injured during the robbery.
The suspects are still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing. Those with information regarding this case should call the Antioch Police Department at 925-778-2441.