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* Jonathan Benton One Of The Suspects Arrested For Antioch Deer Valley High School Shooting

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A 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a Deer Valley High School student during a robbery in December were arrested this week and now face possible attempted murder charges, Antioch police said today.Jonathan Benton, 20, was arrested Thursday near his home in Antioch for allegedly shooting the boy. Further investigation led police to the second suspect, a 15-year-old Bay Point resident who was living in Antioch at the time of the shooting.At about 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, a 14-year-old boy was shot on his way home from school in Antioch, police said.The boy was walking back from Deer Valley High School when two suspects approached him and asked if he went to school at Deer Valley, police said.After the boy said yes, the suspects demanded his money and his backpack, police said. The victim refused, and as he turned to run, one of the suspects shot him in the back with a handgun.The suspects then fled north on Deer Valley Road. On Thursday, Benton got into an altercation with an off-duty Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy, police said. As he fled, he dropped his identification card.The sheriff’s deputy recognized that Benton matched the suspect description in the Dec. 7 shooting and told Antioch police about the similarities.After further investigation, detectives were able to identify Benton as a suspect in the shooting, police said. Officers arrested Benton near his home without incident, and he allegedly confessed to the shooting after his arrest, according to police.A subsequent investigation led police to the second suspect and, after a probation search at him home, he was arrested without incident, police said.Benton is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility, and the 15-year-old suspect is being held at Contra Costa Juvenile Hall. Both face attempted murder charges, and the 15-year-old faces an additional parole violation charge.The 14-year-old victim has fully recovered from the incident, police said.

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