An suspected Deep C gang member wanted in connection with a shooting near Crescent Park last year was apprehended Monday night following a brief foot chase.
Dorian Mathis, 24, of Richmond, was booked on attempted murder charges, and a 17-year-old he was with while fleeing officers Monday was booked on firearm-related charges, Richmond police spokesperson Nicole Abetkov said.
Mathis was wanted in connection with a shooting June 8 of last year in the 5000 block of Hartnett Avenue. One person was injured by shattered glass when Mathis allegedly opened fire into an occupied car, Abetkov said. While Mathis was identified as the suspect shortly after the incident occurred, he was released from jail after the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said it needed more time to complete the investigation.
The DA eventually filed formal charges against Mathis, but police had not located him until Monday. About 5:30 p.m., Abetkov said, an officer spotted a vehicle in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue that was occupied by Deep C members and recognized Mathis among them.
The vehicle failed to yield for police, fleeing into the Triangle Court Housing Complex, where the suspects hopped out and fled on foot. As they fled, officers said they saw the 17-year-old suspect in possession of a gun. Police called for assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew as the suspects ran toward the railroad tracks behind the complex.
The suspects were soon after spotted and arrested in the 1200 block of Sanford Avenue, Abetkov said.
Police have heightened patrols in known gang areas following a double homicide in the Iron Triangle on Sept. 20 that is believed to be connected to the Deep C gang. Two suspected members of the gang were arrested in recent days on suspicion of being accomplices to the double murder, a shooting that claimed the lives of Dayton Dailey, 23, and Clarence Wallace, 20. Two days before the incident, more than 40 rounds was fired on the same block where Dailey and Wallace were killed, in the area of Fourth Street and Bissell Avenue.