Two suspects who were arrested last week in connection with a shooting outside a Walmart store in San Leandro on Black Friday were arraigned today on charges of attempted murder, robbery and attempted robbery. Detwone Watson, 29, and Queron Foreman, 18, both of Oakland, are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday to finalize their legal representation and possibly enter pleas.
Co-defendant Tony Phillips, a 20-year-old Oakland man, is also scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to possibly enter a plea. Phillips was arrested shortly after the shooting, which occurred in the parking lot of the store at 1555 Hesperian Blvd. in San Leandro at about 1:50 a.m. on Nov. 25. He was arraigned on similar charges in late November. Investigators believe Watson and Phillips were passengers in a two-door burgundy Buick Riviera that pulled up in the full parking lot behind the three victims, all cousins from San Leandro in their early 20s, police said.
The victims – Christopher, Rafael and Javier Murillo – had been standing by their car in the parking lot. They had gone to the Walmart to look for a video game but left when they couldn’t find it, according to police. Police believe Watson brandished a gun as he approached Christopher Murillo and Phillips approached Rafael Murillo, who was wearing a gold necklace, and attempted to steal it. According to police, a fight ensued between Phillips and Rafael Murillo, and Javier Murillo allegedly tried to help his cousin by holding down Phillips. Foreman exited the Buick and attempted to help Phillips, police said. Watson then allegedly shot Christopher Murillo, striking him in the neck, according to police. Foreman fled on foot and Watson got back in the Buick and drove off with Foreman, leaving Phillips with the victims, who detained him until police arrived, police said.
Watson was arrested at a house in Oakland on Thursday after an informant told police that he was there. Foreman was arrested on Friday after his mother persuaded him to turn himself in, police said.
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