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* Steven Abundis and Antonio Esquivel Arrested for Alleged Murder of Bridain Harold in Antioch

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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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  • Rest in Peace Nephew
    Oh how I know now how it feels
    When they say. I had so much
    I didn’t get the chance to say.
    Only if I knew you were leaving
    I could of had to Laugh smile
    Or cry. I could of told you.
    I could of let you know.I could
    Of held onto what I knew I
    Couldn’t hold onto no more.
    A different way in anything I ever
    Told you before. Tell a new lie
    Tell the truth about all the lies
    I ever told you before. Most
    Importantly is to hear the words
    Coming from saying I Love You
    And I’ve always been proud of you

    I could

  • Bridain may you rest in peace I love you soo much&miss you everyday, those suka %$#^ are cowards and will remain cowards forever. Wuv & miss you you were truly a good friend and i never had the chance to tell you how much i loved you or how much maji meant to me. Forever in my heart&thoughts along with my sister. the two best people ive ever met, I long to see that beautiful face of yours one day… &to those cowards i hope&pray they stay in their for life i hope they get the whole works up in jail !! *ONE LOVE*

  • Newspapers heresay at best but tragedy is truely for thr families of all parties involved seriously when will people understand that the streets n gangster ghetto bull shit getz u no wheres every lifer cat in the pen will tell u it just aint worth it …means to an end. Now dudes dead family in mourning n two young men will b swept into a world of bogus prison polotics for the rest of there natural lives with there family in shame…no one wins fuckn rap music n movies fuck up kids reality n they loose all perspective

  • I loved bridain harold he was my 1st love the one i would of took that bullet for I cry every night thinking about it and dont understand WHY god took him and took him at 19 so young and fresh with a spirit that was so great a wonderful soul a great smile a great everything those guys committed murder and i dnt see that as a nice person how could they just take some1s life and then tatoo something like that on his chest, To take some1s life is to take ur own they just soll there soul to the devil the 6th ten commandments thow shall not commit murder may bridain harold Rest In Paradise….

  • crazy to hear thi happend they are truely great people I know people are quick to jude but they seriously are very nice I love you tony any steven.. keep your heads up and I hope and pray to see you soon enough. forever my friends. hoping for the best guys. this is just all so unbelievable to me 🙁

  • WHAT A SAD SAD TRAGEDY! I know the both of these guys and they are truly good kids from a rough generation to keep up with. Steven, you only had 6 units left at LMC & you could of been out of WEAK ASS PITTSBURG BESTIE!!..TONY u got some hidden talents people don’t even know about…you could of made a living off of my dude… Im going to pray for you both…FOT THIER FAMILIES..keep the faith and remember GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME! I LOVE YOU GUYS!
    -N.G.

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