A Richmond man was convicted today in connection with a 2011 crime spree in Antioch during which he robbed multiple people at gunpoint, groped female victims and stole a family’s puppy.
A Contra Costa County Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Leon Ferguson guilty of kidnapping for robbery, first-degree residential robbery, sexual battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and multiple gun enhancements, according to Deputy District Attorney Aron DeFerrari.
He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years for the crimes. His sentencing is set for Jan. 9.
The trial and conviction in Martinez today came more than three years after Ferguson committed the crimes over a two-day period in Antioch, according to prosecutors.
DeFerrari said the defendant began his crime spree around 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2011 at an apartment complex off of Delta Fair Boulevard in Antioch.
Ferguson confronted a couple on their porch, held them up at gunpoint and stole money and valuables from them, the prosecutor said.
During the holdup the defendant also groped the female victim’s bare breasts and herded the couple and their 2-year-old son to the upstairs portion of their apartment while he ransacked it, DeFerrari said.
On his way out, Ferguson stole the family’s 8-month-old puppy, which was never seen again.
The same night, he robbed a man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a neighboring apartment complex and kicked him before fleeing, according to DeFerrari.
Less than an hour later, Ferguson returned to the first apartment complex and robbed another couple. During that robbery, he groped another female victim’s bare breasts and her groin over her pants, according to prosecutors.
The following morning, the defendant struck nearby Sam’s Jewelers at 2556 Somersville Road, stealing a ring but leaving behind his cellphone.
Police used selfies of Ferguson stored on the phone, as well as a photo of the stolen puppy, to identify him as the suspect in the robberies.
Four days after the robberies the defendant was stopped in Rodeo and arrested for a parole violation, for which he served about 10 months in jail, according to DeFerrari.
Ferguson was later released but was stopped again in Richmond in 2013 and found in possession of a handgun and mask.
He was taken to county jail, where he has remained in custody, and was later indicted by a grand jury for the Antioch crime spree.
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