Murders in Claycord – How Many in 2012?

January 1, 2013 10:18 am · 42 comments

Claycord saw three murders in the year 2012, down from eight in 2011.

Here’s the breakdown by each city & town:

CITY OF CONCORD (one murder in 2012, down from six in 2011): On April 1, 2012 at approximately 7:30AM, Concord Police Officers and Consolidated Fire Department personnel were sent to the Food Maxx Shopping Center, 1751 Monument Boulevard, regarding an unconscious homeless subject. Officers located the victim behind the vacant Hollywood Video store in a makeshift homeless encampment. Officers and Paramedics determined the victim was deceased. The victim, a 49 year old male Concord transient, appeared to have been assaulted.

During the course of the subsequent investigation detectives developed information identifying a specific suspect who allegedly assaulted the victim the previous night. Detectives established probable cause to arrest that suspect on the charge of murder.

At approximately 8:30 PM, patrol officers located the suspect walking on Monument Boulevard near Virginia Lane. The suspect, 39 year old Concord transient Jason Charles Cahall, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Concord City Jail.

Jason Cahall was interviewed by detectives and subsequently booked on the charges of Murder and Robbery and sent to the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department Main Detention Facility in Martinez.

CITY OF PLEASANT HILL (one murder in 2012, zero murders in 2011): On February 10, 2012, at about 10:06PM, Michael Dejaun Jones was fatally shot by an unknown suspect as he walked from his car into a friend’s house on Devonshire Court in Pleasant Hill. Several people were seen leaving the area in a blue Saturn Vue immediately following the shooting.

Pleasant Hill Police Department Investigators are still conducting interviews, following up on possible leads, and analyzing evidence in this case. The Pleasant Hill Police Department and Bay Area Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or suspects, involved in this murder.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text BAYTIP with your information to CRIMES (274637).

UNINCORPORATED CONCORD (one murder in 2012, zero murders in 2011): On December 5, 2012, Homicide Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff arrested 38-year-old James Riley in connection with the strangulation homicide of 47-year-old Jerald Nagle in unincorporated Concord.

At about 8PM on the 5th, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a “MED-PD” call on the northbound I-680 on-ramp at Concord Avenue. When Deputies arrived, firefighters were performing lifesaving measures on Nagle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputy Sheriffs and Detectives later learned that Riley and Nagle got into a fight. Riley was taken into custody and booked into the main county jail for homicide.

CITY OF CLAYTON: No Murders in 2012 (no murders in 2011)

CITY OF WALNUT CREEK: No Murders in 2012 (one murder in 2011)

CITY OF MARTINEZ: No Murders in 2012 (no murders in 2011)

TOWN OF PACHECO: No Murders in 2012 (one murder in 2011)

TOWN OF CLYDE: No Murders in 2012 (no murders in 2011)

Brian January 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Add 2 murders in April in Concord on Treat Blvd, lest we forget…

Concord Mike January 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Compare these stats to Chicago wih over 500 murders, Oakland with 130?

Those who fear for their lives here in Concord should consider these statistics. We have our problems with vagrants and property crimes, but as far as violent crimes… We are pretty safe.

recovering January 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

What about the homeless person that was found shot behind safeway on clayton clayton? January 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The one behind Safeway in Clayton was a suicide.

JD January 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Just because there are no murders doesn’t mean there aren’t dangerous parts of the city. Anyone been to Detroit Avenue at night

Murder in Martinez? January 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I thought there was a murder in August near the Martinez courthouse… a couple fighting with a lady knocked her to the ground and killed her. Did it get lessened to manslaughter and no longer count? January 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

@Murder in Martinez, The man was originally arrested for murder, but the DA only charged him wtih manslaughter.

recovering January 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

That was a suicide? Covered up with a tarp, no weapon nearby, and shot in the head? That’s crazy!! I wouldn’t think somebody could dispose of a gun and cover up with a tarp after shooting themselves in the head. January 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Clayton Police say a gun was found next to his body, and the wound was self-inflicted. The body was covered with a tarp after the police located it.

recovering January 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

And what about the person that was best to death in the foreclosed home by solano? Or was that in 2011? January 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The murder in the foreclosed home in North Concord was in 2011.

TCKid January 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

So this is a list of murders that were solved and charged, not all murders in 2012. January 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

No, this is a list of ALL murders in 2012.

@JD January 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I live off of Detroit. stop hating fool and go to the bad parts of richmond you baby.

mileena January 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

When was the guy beaten to death in the abandoned gas station on Monument? Was that in 2011? January 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Yes, that was 2011.

@ JD January 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I think even you will admit that Detroit Av is hardly in the same category as Richmond’s Iron Triangle, Antioch’s Sycamore Drive or the Avenues in Oakland.

CAL DOJ Violent Crime Totals for 2009 for Contra Costa Couty: (Homicide, Forcible Rapes, Robbery & Aggravated Assaults)

Sheriff’s Office Unincorporated: 428
Antioch: 897
Brentwood: 119
Clayton: 7
Concord: 397
Danville 19
El Cerrito 156
Hercules 49
Kensington 3
Lafayette 25
Martinez 77
Moraga 12
Oakley 71
Orinda 13
Pinole 94
Pittsburg 151
Pleasant Hill 104
Richmond 1,095
San Pablo 287
San Ramon 46
Walnut Creek 131
Contra Costa College District 20
East Bay Regional Park 39
Union Pacific Railroad 3
Oakland: 6,793

Richards Family January 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

That’s great news

Richards Family January 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Mayor wasn’t there a murder in Walnut Creek recently? I wonder if you could fin the stats for the danville, Alamo, lafayette 😉

K January 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Where is the Town of Clyde? I never heard of it until now.

Bobby Sands January 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

How many suicides were there for 2012 in the comparative cities?

anon January 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Clyde is in North Concord at the end of Port Chicago.

Dragon January 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Thank you, Mayor – I was wondering about this exact set of statistics this morning.

Wait. Are you living in my head? 😉 January 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Haha, Dragon.

Happy New Year.


TCKid January 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Damn apparently time flies. All the murders I was thinking of and researched were in 2011….

Bob Loblaw January 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Wow, 1 murder in Pleasant Hill…weird, because I got about a dozen different pieces of mail from a police officer running for Pleasant Hill City Council, replete with a masked gunman. telling me Pleasant Hill was rife with violent crime.


smc626 January 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Mr. Mayor,

Any ID of the transient male killed by FoodMax on Monument?

Scott January 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

well that guy was MURDERED by police in creekside apartments…

anon January 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

“well that guy was MURDERED by police in creekside apartments…”

The investigation is not finished yet..Coroners Inquest will be in a few months – you can go to it. We will see. Note to self–do not pull anything dangerous on cops–they have guns..its not all that hard.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

So a total of only 3 murders? (that we know of……….). 1 beaten 1 stabbed & just 1 shot. I guess the gun problem isn’t so bad as all the progressive folks say it is.

Acquaintance January 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM


Look before you leap January 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Then there was Jeff Patterson who was beaten to death in Walnut Creek.

Mr. Bassman January 2, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Mayor, I’m curious to know if you have the stats on how many thefts, robberies were comited / reported in the area this year as opposed to last year? It seemed like there was an increase in 2012 but I could be wrong. Thanks! January 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

@Mr. Bassman, I will try to gather that data.


@ Bob Loblaw January 2, 2013 at 7:26 AM

I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Here is Pleasant Hill with 33,687 population compared to I believe a perceived “higher” crime rate City of Martinez at 36,392 population. A fair comparison I believe since they share a common border, are of similar size and demographics.

CAL DOJ 2010 crime rates
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Total
PH: 1 0 13 32 46
Martinez: 1 0 2 9 12

Cal DOJ 2009 crime rates
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Total
PH: 1 7 46 50 104
Martinez 0 7 18 52 77

Less violent crime than Concord but considerably more than Martinez.

Anonymous January 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

It could be that Pleasant Hill Police are just better than the Martinez police at preparing cases for prosecution. The “better” statistics are the number of incidents – not the number of murders, forcible rapes, robberies, etc. that the D.A. pursues/prosecutes. Frankly, I think the “manslaughter” of that poor woman in Martinez is really “murder” by any reasonable person’s definition. Your statistics are likely skewed.

Anonymous January 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM

@Bob Loblaw 26
Actually, Ken Carlson isn’t the one who put together or paid for those misleading mailers. It was the Pleasant Hill Police Officer’s Association. I heard the city manager complained about the inaccuracies. But, I think it will be great to have a police officer on Council. The police know how to enforce the codes.

@ 34 January 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I think you misunderstand.

The numbers listed, which come right from the California Department of Justice website are not prosecuted crimes, they are reported crimes or as you put it “the number of incidents”.

Sorry January 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

@ 34 was actually for @ 36

@ Anonymous #36 January 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The numbers listed came from the California Department of Justice website and they are not “prosecuted” case but all reported cases or “the number of incidents” as you put it.

Anonymous January 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

@38 and 39
That doesn’t change the fact that the DA can call a murder a manslaughter and skew the statistics.

Anonymous #41 January 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Once again I think your misunderstanding what is reported and who does the reporting. Each individual police agency and the Sheriff in the county reports their monthly crime statistics directly to the California Department of Justice who reports yearly totals to Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If an agency determines they have a homicide in their jurisdiction it is reported to Cal DOJ as a homicide. It doesn’t matter one iota if the case is NEVER solved, the case is closed by exceptional clearance, or what the DA actually charges, refuses to charge or whether the DA wins or loses the case it gets reported to the State and FBI as a homicide.

Just because the Mayor of this blog chooses not to count manslaughter as homicide (murder) does not change the fact that a homicide was reported to Cal DOJ.

So as you can now clearly see the DA has no way to “skew” the statistics since as I pointed out the number are reported directly to Cal DOJ, a case that is never prosecuted would never be counted, a case never solved would never be counted or a case prosecuted in a different year would not be counted correctly.

In 2009 in Contra Costa County there were 4,257 total violent crimes, (89 homicides, 200 forcible rapes, 1,733 robberies, and 2,235 aggravated assaults). There were also 19,843 property crimes (7,361 burglaries, 6,492 car thefts and 5,990 thefts over $400) and 11,222 thefts under $400 for a grand total of 31,065 total property crimes.

In 2010 there were 4,326 total violent crimes (65 homicides, 189 forcible rapes, 1,566 robberies and 2,506 aggravated assaults). There were 19,940 total property crimes (7,568 burglaries, 6,460 car thefts and 5,912 thefts over $400) and 10,740 thefts under $400 for a grand total of 30,680 total property crimes.

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