Arrest of Antioch murder suspect leaves community on edge

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KTVU) - An Antioch murder suspect is under arrest after leading law enforcement officers on a brief chase Thursday afternoon. The pursuit ended in an apartment complex on Claudia Court.

"It was just like hella cars, like five, 10 cars coming," a resident named Isaac said describing the drama. "I guess the dude stole something or something."

The 22-year old suspect, who police haven't identified yet, was wanted for murder. The crime happened August 24, 2014, on Lawton Street in Antioch, just hours before the Napa earthquake hit.

Antioch Police say the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension team had been trailing the suspect when he fled in a silver Dodge Magnum station wagon.

Isaac said he saw officers, "They had guns drawn, like AK's and hecka stuff, telling the man to come out and surrender,' he said."He (the suspect) wasn't surrendering." Eventually the suspect did surrender.

Police say the suspect fled to the home of an "associate." That man was seen talking to police, who appeared to give him back some property and let him go.

Some parents who live at the apartment complex told KTVU they're worried. "We got kids around here and we live for our kids," explained a woman who didn't want to be identified. "So for this to be happening, I'll move away from this to let my kids have a better life."

Some who live in Antioch have described it like living in the ‘Wild Wild West.'

"These upcoming youngsters are just trying to earn their stripes," Isaac said. "And (they) do this unnecessary stuff they don't need to be doing."

Shortly after the drama was over, a school bus pulled into the cul-de-sac.

"It's like, it's getting too much," explained the woman who didn't want to be identified. "My kids is not safe, and they should be safe."