Merced homicide suspect arrested in Oakland

December 21, 2012 

— Merced Police this morning announced the arrest this week of a suspect in a homicide 11 months ago.

According to a news release, police arrested Charles Anthony Jones, 32, in Oakland on Wednesday afternoon as he left the home of his girlfriend’s mother.

Jones was wanted in the gunshot death of Donald Risner Jan. 13 in the 100 block of West 18th Street in Merced.

Police responding to a call of shots fired found Risner on the south side of the street suffering from gun shots wounds. Investigators determined that Risner had been arguing with a man over a bicycle and the man shot him. Police later received a tip that the individual who had shot Risner went by the first name of Charles.

Detective Robert Solis learned that Charles Jones lived in the immediate area of the shooting. A witness identified Jones as the shooting suspect. Police searched an apartment in the 200 block of West 19th Street where Jones was believed to have been staying with his girlfriend, Nakeisha Williams.

Williams reportedly told police her relationship with Jones ended the previous November. Police said they didn’t believe Williams was being cooperative.

A warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest. Last month, Jones walked into the Oakland Police Department and asked for a warrants check on himself. He took off before the check was completed.

Solis learned that Jones’s girlfriend might be staying at the address in Oakland. Merced police notified Oakland officers, who arrested Jones this week without incident.

Merced detectives searched the Oakland home. They have not recovered the gun.

Authorities said they questioned Jones, who said he wasn’t in Merced at the time the shooting took place. He was booked into Merced County Jail on a charge of homicide.

Investigators ask anyone with information on the case to contact Solis at (209)385-4703, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

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