Arrest made in murder of Emari Cook in Richmond

Arrest made in murder of Emari Cook in Richmond
Photos courtesy of the Richmond Police Department.

An arrest was made last week in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Vallejo resident Emari Cook in Richmond last summer, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Bobby Dee Dozier

Cook was fatally shot just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, near S. 49th Street and Cutting Boulevard, police said. The suspect exited the driver seat of a vehicle holding an assault rifle, confronted Cook and ultimately shot and killed him.

Following an investigation, a Richmond police SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 1300 block of Palm Ave. in Martinez on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and arrested 37-year-old Bobby Dee Dozier. In the home, two firearms were located, including a short barreled AR-15 that a crime lab determined to have been used in the killing of Cook, police said. Police also located casings to the AR-15 at the scene.

Earlier in the investigation, a description of the suspect vehicle used in the homicide was obtained from commercial video surveillance cameras. San Pablo PD detectives helped conduct an extensive search of the Highway 4 License Plate Reader system, leading to the identification of the vehicle believed to have been used in the crime and the registered owner. Additional investigation led to information identifying the registered owner of the vehicle as being Dozier, police said.

The suspect has three previous arrests for murder, including a 2010 conviction of manslaughter, and was paroled in September 2020, according to police.

Anyone who may have any information related to this crime is asked to contact Homicide Detective Brian Hoffman at (510) 621-1755, email him at [email protected] or contact Richmond’s anonymous tip line at (510) 307- T1PS (8177). Any media inquiries can be directed to Sergeant Aaron Pomeroy at (510) 620-6616 or email at [email protected].