Jason Alexander Brown- California- 2015 (DECEASED) Oct 27, 2015 15:09:10 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Oct 27, 2015 15:09:10 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Livermore PD via sfgate.com)
An 18-year-old Oakland man sought in connection with a killing in Livermore over the weekend is also wanted for a slaying in Fresno last month and may be tied to another one in Sacramento, police said Monday.
Jason Alexander Brown is wanted on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after police said he opened fire with a high-powered rifle on two people inside a car in a parking lot of a CVS drugstore at 1500 First St. in Livermore on Saturday night.
The driver in the car died at the scene while paramedics rushed the passenger to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for multiple gunshot wounds. His condition was not immediately known.
Police have yet to release the names of the victims.
On Monday, police in Fresno said Brown is wanted in the Sept. 12 killing of 27-year-old Albert Thao inside a Fresno restaurant.
Thao was dining with a friend at Mekhong Restaurant in central Fresno when a gunman came in and opened fire, hitting Thao in the neck and his friend in the chest, said Lt. Burke Farrah of the Fresno police homicide division.
Thao died at the scene, and his friend, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest. The gunman in that case sped away in a gray Dodge Charger.
Fresno police obtained a $1 million warrant for Brown’s arrest on murder charges and have asked for assistance from Bay Area law enforcement agencies in tracking him down, Farrah said.
According to KFSN TV in Fresno, police noticed a cell phone number linked to Brown that had called and sent text messages to Thao’s phone before the attack. That phone, police said, had gone from Oakland to Fresno and back on the same day as Thao’s slaying, the TV station reported.
Livermore police secured a no-bail warrant for Brown on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in Saturday’s slaying. Authorities believe another suspect may have been involved in the killing.
Early Sunday morning, the Oakland Police Department’s SWAT team raided a home on the 900 block of Center Street in West Oakland looking for the suspect.
Police found, parked behind the home, a black BMW 325i with red racing stripes on the hood that was registered to Brown and was seen speeding away from the CVS. California Highway Patrol officers chased the car on Interstate 580 but lost the driver somewhere in Oakland, police said.
Police questioned several people at the home, but Brown was not there. Authorities continue to search for the suspect, who they say is probably armed and dangerous.
Police in Sacramento are looking into whether Brown was involved in a killing in that city. Authorities did not immediately have details about the Sacramento homicide, which is under investigation, police said.
Anyone with information about the killings is urged to call Livermore police at (925) 371-4777.