Violent Crime

* Suspect Allegedly Killed Man For Wearing Blue Belt In Concord

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Prosecutors allege that two suspects in a murder in Concord on Sunday night killed the victim because he was wearing a blue belt — the color of a rival gang, according to court documents. Tony Dwayne Martin, 19, and Robinson Jair Bermudez, who is 15 but has been charged as an adult, were charged Tuesday with murder, conspiracy, attempted carjacking, street terrorism and three counts of attempted second-degree robbery. They are also facing special-circumstance allegations that they killed the victim, 27-year-old Concord resident Ever Osorio, in the commission of a robbery and for the furtherance of a criminal street gang. The charges also include more than two-dozen gang and gun enhancements.

According to the complaint, filed by the district attorney’s office in Contra Costa County Superior Court, Osorio was with four friends in Hillcrest Park at about 10 p.m. Sunday when Martin and Bermudez approached them. The pair allegedly asked the victims if they were associated with any street gang and the victims said no, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that Martin then pulled out a gun and Bermudez pulled out a knife and the pair demanded the victims’ property and car keys. Martin allegedly held the victims at gunpoint while Bermudez searched the first victim, according to the complaint. When they moved to their second victim, Osorio, the complaint alleges that Bermudez pulled up Osorio’s shirt and saw that he was wearing a blue belt.

According to the complaint, Bermudez then allegedly yelled that Osorio was a rival gang member and began stabbing him in the head and neck.   Prosecutors said in the complaint that as Osorio’s friends ran away, Martin shot Osorio in the chest. Police received a call shortly after 10 p.m. reporting possible shots fired in the park and found Osorio suffering from multiple injuries, police said. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Concord where he died, police said. Martin and Bermudez were arrested several blocks from the park.

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