* Steven Abundis and Antonio Esquivel Arrested for Alleged Murder of Bridain Harold in Antioch
Published by Junior Staff Writer on July 13, 2011
Antioch police arrested two men Tuesday night for the murder of a 19-year-old Antioch man who was gunned down on a side walk in May.The shooting happened May 22 in the 2300 block of D Street, and officers responding to calls of a shooting found the victim, Bridain Harold, lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Witnesses helped lead police to the two 21-year-old suspects, Steven Abundis, a Pittsburg resident, and Antonio Esquivel, a transient with a last known address in Pittsburg, police said. Officers obtained arrest warrants for the men and, on Tuesday, they spotted Esquivel driving in Antioch and arrested him. Later that night, detectives arrested Abundis as he was driving in Oakley. When officers searched his car, they allegedly found a loaded 9 mm pistol hidden in the driver’s side door panel, police said.
Abundis’ vehicle was also identified as the vehicle used during Harold’s murder, police said. After arresting Abundis, detectives served a search warrant on a home in Pittsburg where Abundis lives with his parents. The search turned up an AK-47-style assault rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and about a pound of marijuana, all of which allegedly belonged to Abundis, police said. Investigators interviewed the two men throughout the night, and Esquivel allegedly confessed to shooting and killing Harold, police said. He told officers that he did not know the victim and that he threw the gun used in the shooting in the trash somewhere on Buchanan Road in Pittsburg, police said. Esquivel also allegedly told investigators that he and the victim had been involved in a confrontation among members of two opposing groups in October 2010 on the Antioch waterfront, police said. Esquivel allegedly told officers that during the confrontation, the victim tried to throw him off a wall above some railroad tracks, police said. Esquivel said he was able to hold on to a rail until his friends came to help him. One of his friends allegedly stabbed Harold.
Investigators have confirmed that a confrontation involving the victim did happen. About two weeks after Harold was killed, Esquivel got a tattoo on his chest that said “No warning shots”. Investigators believe the tattoo is intended to memorialize the murder, but Esquivel has denied the accusation. Abundis has denied any involvement in Harold’s murder and claims he had no knowledge of the crime, police said. Police, however, know that Abundis and Esquivel are friends and that they are known to associate with local gang members in the West Boulevard area in Pittsburg, police said. Detectives are still trying to determine whether they are gang members themselves. Both men have been booked into county jail in Martinez and are being held on $1 million bail each. Investigators plan to present the case to the district attorneys office later this week for formal charges.
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