Martinez Police Arrest Convicted Felon On Drug Offenses; Suspicion Of Stealing Car, Gun

October 21, 2018 14:00 pm · 28 comments

A 35-year-old Richmond man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of stealing a car and handgun and several drug-related offenses, police said.

At 11:21 p.m., officers stopped a 2016 Audi on Alhambra Avenue near Brown Street that had been reported stolen out of Vacaville. The driver, Darnell Williams, was in possession of approximately one-half ounce of cocaine, police said. Police also found another 1.5 ounces of cocaine in the car, a stolen and loaded 9mm handgun, over $3,000 in cash, and packaging and weighing material consistent with the sale and distribution of narcotics.

Williams was arrested on two counts of possession of stolen property, possessing a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on $225,000 bail.

Mike October 21, 2018 at 2:27 PM

“being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm” is a misdemeanor

biggus thinkus October 23, 2018 at 11:10 PM

are you pooping me? really? i sincerely hope you aren’t.
if you are right, i dunno what to say…sigh

Dorothy October 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Wonder if he said it all belonged to the owner of the car? And all he did was “borrow” the car without knowing what else was in it.

S October 21, 2018 at 4:33 PM

he’ll do 18 months or less…

Original G October 21, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Would guess he’s likely not concerned about missing any Mensa meetings.
Probably another high school drop out who learned his skill set for life from the streets rather than traditional spots, school, family and church.

Each year CA produces not quite 49,000 high school dropouts.

Used to be CA’s educational failures were housed in it’s state prisons after using their street learned skills, that is until prison construction failed to keep up and became too embarrassing for liberals to have so many “minorities” locked up.

So now they’ve made it harder to charge a person with a Felony, for 500 crimes they automatically cut any sentence given by a Judge in half before the prison door slams shut (AB-109). AND if a person is on Parole and violates conditions of their Parole the most time they will do for the violation is 180 days in County Jail. (unless they are a on parole for murder)

But because of jail overcrowding, jail time for a parole violation can be measured in hours then they are released to again utilize their skill set.

Electing liberals has consequences.

Jeff October 22, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Untill the liberals become victims……ten armed robberies in Berkeley in one week…….soon they’ll be asking to make hanging legal again.

LeAnne October 22, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Having any amount of cocaine to sell (drug trafficking) in California is a felony, punishable with up to five years in prison. (See CA Health & Safety Code § 11352 (2017))

Being a felon with a handgun will tack on two to three years in jail. (See CA Penal Code 29800)

Being a felon with a public defender as his lawyer, Williams is most likely to do five years in prison. (My opinion)

AB-109 is about shifting” non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex offenders, who after they are released from California State prison, are to be supervised at the local County level. Instead of reporting to state parole officers, these offenders are to report to local county probation officers.” (See

Furthermore, “AB 109 is fashioned to meet the U.S. Supreme Court Order to reduce the prison population of the State’s 33 prisons. Noteworthy is the fact that no inmates currently in state prison will be transferred to county jails or released early. The law, effective October 1, 2011 also mandates that individuals sentenced to non‐serious, non‐violent or non‐sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison.” (Ibid.)

That you write about “electing liberals has consequences” proves only two things:

(1) You like to espouse topics wholly tangential to the matter at hand;

(2) You blame liberals for state laws that were imposed by SCOTUS.

In short, you are a fool and an ideological idiot.

Rollo Tomasi October 23, 2018 at 12:24 AM

“You blame liberals for state laws that were imposed by SCOTUS.”

SCOTUS doesn’t impose laws. They interpret the constitutionality of laws and of decisions made by lower courts. In this case they affirmed an order to reduce prison populations issued by a Federal District court after hearing arguments based on several laws, not the least of which was the eight amendment. California appealed from the order to SCOTUS.

But Original G is the fool…

Fred P. October 23, 2018 at 6:32 AM

Leanne – before you call someone “…a fool and an ideological idiot”, you might want to learn about basic civics.

SCOTUS does NOT “impose” laws. They rule on the constitutionality of laws.

Try again….. insulting others without the knowledge and/or facts only makes you look like a fool.

mtzman October 23, 2018 at 9:31 AM

I would certainly trust LeAnne over the intellectual lightweights that have castigated her over a question of semantics. Yes, the main function of the judiciary is to adjudicate disputes between parties and that of SCOTUS to interpret the Constitution and exercise judicial review as the American court of last resort. But courts have frequently stepped in and essentially imposed measures to enforce their decisions. One of the best examples would be the school busing cases following Brown v. Board of Education where judges imposed direct judicial control over school districts. Examples of where the legislative and executive branches enacted laws to implement judicial decisions are too numerous to mention. Instead of the word IMPOSE I might have used MANDATED instead, but the effect is the same.

Rollo Tomasi October 23, 2018 at 12:13 PM

And yet another intellectual lightweight weighs in. Thanks for stating the obvious again, mtzman.

Retired Attorney October 21, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Felon in possession of firearm is a felony, not a misdemeanor. It’s been that way for 40+ years.

Mike October 22, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Oscar Grant was a felon in possession of a firearm (while on parol).
They kicked him back to the can for 3-4 months (the remaining part of his parol). Less than a year later he was dead.

chernobyl October 21, 2018 at 5:44 PM

@Retired Attorney

Looks like it’s a “wobbler” offense. A “wobbler” is an offense a prosecutor can charge as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

RANDOM TASK October 21, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Ty wow…. 49,000 drop outs guaranteed to vote dem for free money

That should be illegal right

If it is know that dems promote and enhance laws to increase dropout rates to secure more voting fodder and program junkies ….why do people allow that to happen??

Why do dem voters …vote dem knowing their children will be drop outs and losers

Can any dem voter broaden our lives with their insight of why they vote to have mismanaged funds and bad roads and higher taxes and corruption and have their children be drop outs and program suckers

50 years the dems have had total control of this state and it is in disrepair and broke and the worst place to get an education for your kids ….it is however a great place to have bums sleeping next to your children at a park or have your property taken and have police and prosecutors do nothing and pay high taxes for uuuuummm yeah why ….high taxes for a bum refuge and funding illegals and letting criminals steal legally …WHAT WAIT WHAT LOL WOW

mtzman October 23, 2018 at 9:38 AM

So, rt, how do you explain the fact that the dropout rate in California has been decreasing for years and is less than half what it was in 1970, or that the dropout rate is significantly higher in red states than blue states?

Cartman October 21, 2018 at 6:07 PM


Kinsey Leakey October 21, 2018 at 6:25 PM

At least no feces and urine throwing was involved…

Atticus Thraxx October 21, 2018 at 6:53 PM

I don’t know felonies vs. misdemeanors but that’s a Taurus G2C or I’ll eat my hat. $250-$275. Not a bad pistol, just not a particularly good one.

Abbie R. October 21, 2018 at 9:31 PM

If a pistol can get off one shot it works!…I still miss My Raven .25 that I gave to My nephew.

Tim October 21, 2018 at 7:43 PM

Why was the bail so low?
This guy should be off the streets for our protection. Courts-do your job!

Kinsey Leakey October 21, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Bail? Haha, I’m surprised he wasn’t out with no bail required.
He probably won’t even stand trial and has already paid off someone and all charges dropped.

Lambie October 21, 2018 at 7:59 PM

You know what comes next?

In order to house and integrate the criminals and homeless, you will be mandated to have a tiny home in your backyard.

CoCo Commenter October 22, 2018 at 8:22 AM

Being a drug dealer is far more exhausting than just getting B- grades in school

Kinsey Leakey October 22, 2018 at 1:08 PM

You know a person can sell 10 ounces of good grade weed a week and be perfectly happy but too many get greedy.. that’s 1500/week tax free cash..
It’s the stupid ones that get caught like this.

frenchdawg October 22, 2018 at 10:25 PM

wasting a lot of time with the perfect layout and photo shoot pat yourselves on the back and get back on the street.

cornfed October 23, 2018 at 10:22 AM

The photo is now evidence. But carry on.

Rico October 22, 2018 at 10:26 PM

I thought the state just eliminated bail? Has that law not been implemented yet?

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