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* Marques Agee wanted for a murder in Benicia is arrested in Oakland

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Oakland police this morning arrested the second of three parolees wanted in connection with the kidnapping, robbery and shooting of a Benicia man on May 4, Benicia police Lt. Mike Daley said this afternoon.Marques Agee, 31, of Vallejo was arrested at about 10 a.m. in the 56th Street area of Oakland after police received information on his whereabouts from the state’s Fugitive Parolee Apprehension Team, Daley said.On Monday, state parole agents arrested Benjamin Taft, 33, of Vallejo, in a room at the Ramada Inn on Summersville Road in Antioch. Taft was in possession of an AK47 assault rifle, an automatic shotgun and a handgun when he was taken into custody, Daley said.The third parolee, Larry Short, 22, of the Vacaville area, is still at large.The victim in the May 4 incident, a 34-year-old Benicia man, was shot in the shoulder in his home in the 100 block of El Bonito Way at about 2:30 p.m. that day.Police believe Short was the shooter. He is wanted on a $1.5 million warrant for attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery and on a no-bail warrant for a parole violation. Agee and Taft were wanted on a $750,000 arrest warrant for kidnapping and robbery. Agee also was wanted for counterfeiting in Santa Clara County and for parole violations, Daley said. Taft has two outstanding warrants for burglary and false imprisonment in Solano County.About an hour and a half before the shooting happened, the Benicia man had visited friends in the 200 block of Woodrow Avenue in Vallejo, police said.Coincidentally, Taft and Agee had also gone to the Vallejo home that day to confront a Vallejo man about problems Agee was having with a late 1990s Cadillac Agee had bought from him, Daley said.Taft and Agee were told the Vallejo man had bought the Cadillac from the Benicia man, according to police. They then allegedly demanded money from the Benicia man and held him at gunpoint until Short arrived, armed with a handgun, Daley said. Police said Taft and Agee remained at the home with the Benicia man’s truck while Short drove the victim to his El Bonito Way residence. Short allegedly told the victim to turn over his cash, credit cards and other valuables, Daley said.At some point the Benicia man shut a bedroom door and, according to police, Short fired his handgun through the door, hitting the man in the left shoulder. He then fled, police said.The victim’s truck was stolen from the Vallejo home, but Vallejo police later found it in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant near Interstate Highway 80 and Georgia Street, Daley said.

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