Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing a 22-year-old man in Pittsburg late last month, a police captain said today.
Pittsburg resident Aaron Robinson, 25, was arrested Tuesday in the 200 block of William Way in connection with the Oct. 29 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Dominique Rakeem Thomas, according to Pittsburg police Capt. Ron Raman.
Raman said the suspect was identified early on as a person of interest in the case and was taken into custody after interviews with witnesses and police surveillance.
The 25-year-old was taken to county jail in Martinez where he is being held on $1 million bail.
Robinson is suspected of approaching Thomas on the street a short time before 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the intersection of West and West 11th streets and shooting him before fleeing. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.
The murder was followed less than a week later by another fatal shooting at the site of a makeshift memorial where Thomas was killed, Raman said.
Antioch resident Brian Adams, 22, a friend of Thomas’s, was visiting the memorial around 6 a.m. on Nov. 4 when 18-year-old Jose Pedroza-Corzo drove by, he said. Adams mistook the teen for someone else, pulled out a gun and shot him, according to Raman.
Pedroza-Corzo was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died the following day.
Police located and arrested Adams the same day. He is being held in county jail in lieu of $1 million bail and has been charged with murder in Contra Costa County Superior Court.
Raman said the two victims and suspects all knew one another and frequented the Downtown Pittsburg area.
He said some of the people involved have ties to known gang members and that investigators are exploring possible gang connections to the killings.
Police plan to present the case against Robinson to the District Attorney’s Office this week.
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