Police arrest two related to shooting
Johnson was arrested in Vallejo, authorities said
Vallejo’s Frederick Johnson was one of two suspects arrested in connection with the Orinda shooting.
MARTINEZ >> In the latest round of police raids connected to the Orinda Halloween party shooting that left five dead, federal and state authorities arrested two men in their late 20s Thursday afternoon.
Domico Dones and Frederick Johnson, both 29, were arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility a little before 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s weekly arrest report. Dones was arrested in Martinez, and Johnson was arrested in Vallejo, authorities said. The Contra Costa
County Sheriff said Johnson is from Vallejo.
On Friday afternoon, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office charged Dones with being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition, both felonies. The charges related to Dones being arrested Thursday in possession of a “Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun with a laser scope,” a district attorney news release says.
The Solano County District Attorney’s office, meanwhile, has charged Johnson with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing ammunition, and child endangerment.
Though both arrests were made in the course of the Orinda shooting investigation, neither man has been charged in connection with the shooting, so far. Authorities say they won’t reveal how the arrests relate to the shooting investigation, which remains active.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Thursday that two suspects had been arrested, and that guns were recovered during the arrests. The guns were linked to other shootings in the Bay Area, authorities said.
This is only the latest twist in what has been one of the highest-profile murder investigations in the Bay Area in recent memory. The shooting occurred around 10:50 p.m. Halloween night at a short-term rental at 114 Lucille Way in Orinda.
Last week, police arrested five people in connection with the shooting, in a series of raids in Vallejo, Antioch, Marin City and San Mateo. But that was followed by the bombshell news that county prosecutors had declined to file a case after the arrests. Four of those arrested have since been released from jail; the fifth remains in custody on a probation violation.
The victims have been identified as Tiyon Farley, 22, of Antioch; Omar Taylor, 24, of Pittsburg; Raymon Hill Jr., 23, of San
Francisco/Oakland; Javlin County, 29, of Marin City; and Oshiana Tompkins, 19, of Vallejo/Hercules.
Police have described the shooting and its aftermath as “chaotic” and “a bloodbath,” saying multiple shooters were involved and mass panic broke out after the initial shots. In addition to those killed at the party, attended by more than 100 people, three people suffered gunshot wounds and others were injured after jumping 30 feet from the balcony to escape the chaotic scene.
It started when members of two rival San Francisco gangs began shooting at each other in the upstairs kitchen area of the house, authorities said. Other suspected gang members, from a Marin City apartment complex known as “The Jungle,” were present and may have played a role in the shooting, authorities said.
Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston suggested at a press conference last week that two of the men killed had been armed that night, and were possibly involved in the shooting.
On Thursday the ATF announced it is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions of those involved.
Dones has a prior robbery conviction out of Santa Clara County, court records show. He is set to be arraigned Monday, in the AF Bray Courthouse in Martinez.