Crime

Breaking: Police announce arrest in Berkeley homicide

Jermaine Davis, via YouTube.

Homicide victim Jermaine Davis, via YouTube.

Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for the shooting death last July of 26-year-old Jermaine “Third” Davis of Berkeley.

In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police said they have arrested Antiown Ramon York, 25, of Pittsburg on suspicion of murder in the Davis case.

The announcement took place as court proceedings against two other men charged with killing an 8-year-old girl to avenge Davis’ death began in Alameda County Superior Court. Berkeleyside will provide continuing coverage of that case throughout the week.

Authorities said Davis originally had been targeted in a 2009 gang-related shooting — related to a feud between members of Berkeley’s Waterfront gang and the North Side Oakland gang — that left his brother dead. Last April, a jury found four men guilty of murder in that shooting, of 25-year-old Charles Davis. They were sentenced to life in prison in July, just days before Jermaine Davis was shot down, on Derby Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.

York was arrested Jan. 6 in Daly City. Police said they worked with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Daly City Police Department, to find York and take him into custody without incident at 3 p.m.

He remains in custody without bail at Berkeley Jail, and is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in Department 112 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

Jermaine Davis’ shooting took place shortly before 7 p.m. on July 17, 2013. Police received multiple reports of “shots fired,” with a victim down in the 1800 block of Derby Street.

Officers who arrived found Davis lying injured in the street. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, detectives have been gathering evidence and pursuing leads since then. Police identified York as the suspect, and got a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

But street justice took a deadly toll before then, leading to a shooting in Oakland’s Dimond District that left 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine dead and three others, including and two other young children and their grandmother, wounded.

Authorities said in October, when they announced two arrests connected to the girl’s killing, that, after Davis was shot, “Friends, family, and associates of Davis quickly focused their attention on an adult male … who they believed killed Davis.”

Police identified two of those associates as Oakland residents Joseph Carroll Jr., 27, and Darnell Williams Jr., 22.

Carroll, said police, is the cousin of Jermaine Davis. (Carroll’s brother, 23-year-old Coleon Carroll, is currently in jail facing charges along with a second defendant for the shooting death of Gary Ferguson Jr. in Berkeley in 2010. The Carroll brothers have been reported by authorities to be ringleaders in the West Berkeley-based Waterfront gang.)

Police said Joseph Carroll and Darnell Williams — who was identified by police as a friend of Davis — and other unnamed coconspirators met up at a home in East Oakland on July 17, then “armed themselves with firearms.”

Police said the group then determined that York’s children and their mother lived in the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue in Oakland.

At 11:10 p.m., police said Williams rang the doorbell on Wilson. He waited outside and pointed a firearm at the door, according to authorities. As the children began to open the door, he fired numerous shots at them, then fled the area. Police said Williams later admitted to witnesses that he committed the shooting.

That same night, police said Carroll went to the home of York’s mother in Antioch, where he hid outside and waited for York. Carroll later confronted York at a gas station in Antioch; no further information about that interaction has been provided.

Police said Carroll, Williams and others “continued their attempts to locate and kill” York — whose name has not previously been released — after the shooting in Oakland.

According to people who knew him, Davis had turned away from the gang lifestyle in recent years and was focusing more on helping keep his family’s younger generation in line.

The court proceedings underway this week related to the Carradine killing also involve charges against Williams that, in an unrelated incident in Berkeley in September, he shot and killed 22-year-old Berkeley resident Anthony ‘Lil Tone’ Medearis Jr. after the two got into a fight following a dice game at Eighth and Camelia streets. (Police also arrested a woman, Laquana Nuno, in the Medearis case, but proceedings against her appear to taking place on a different schedule. Authorities said she picked up Williams after the shooting, and tried to help him flee police.)

There were two other homicides within the city limits in 2013, both of which took place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Police have made arrests in both cases.

Related:
Berkeley community turns out for march against violence (10.08.13)
Robbery attempt led to Medearis killing; 2 charged (10.01.13)
‘Ceasefire Walk Against Violence’ comes to West Berkeley (10.01.13)
Murdered man was brother of man killed by gangs in 2009 (07.18.13)
Breaking: Man shot and killed on Derby Street in Berkeley (07.17.13)

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  • Woolsey

    “…Davis had turned away from the gang lifestyle in recent years and was focusing more on helping keep his family’s younger generation in line.” Strange statement. Was this a full time job? Isn’t this what parents do normally? ‘In line’ as in go to school or ‘in line’ as in join my gang.

  • emraguso

    What I’d been told by someone who knew him was in the context of “in line” like “go to school and behave properly.” One of his younger relatives was getting in trouble in school and I was told Davis stepped in to offer discipline and support and serve as a positive role model.

    Also, via an earlier Berkeleyside story by Frances D.: “In recent years, Jermaine Davis had been leading a productive life far away from gang activity, he [Todd Walker, family friend and local coach] said.

    ‘He has really changed his life around,’ said Walker. ‘He got into trouble when he was younger but he has been doing really good. He has been helping out with his nephew, who plays football. He’s really good with the little kids.’

    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/07/18/murdered-man-was-brother-of-man-killed-by-gangs-in-2009/

  • Doug F

    Sounds like we have arrests for all 4 of the homicides in Berkeley last year. Good detective work, PD. Oakland & SF please copy.

  • Just Sayin

    Isn’t that the same Carroll family that lives on 7th street between dwight and channing? If so, they had a huge raid by BPD in 2010 that found lots of assault weapons. If I remember correctly, since the grandmother owned the house they pinned the weapons on her, instead of her grandsons.

  • REALKEEPITREAL

    RIP JERMAINE HE WAS A GOOD DUDE…… YOU PEOPLE CANT SPEAK ON WHAT TYPE OF LIFE STYLE WHEN YOU DIDNT GROW UP OR GO THREW THINGS DIFFERENT PEOPLE GO THREW ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE…..

  • guest

    It’s really too bad that he was taking his children to participate in illegal street gambling. If he hadn’t, he might still be alive today. Such a shame that the ones who are trying to turn their lives around end up being the ones who die in street violence.

  • Judge

    We all judge others all the time. I think most people in Berkeley consider gangsters, at best, to be parasites on society. Then, there are those who are much worse, like the guy who shot up a bunch of kids to get back at their father.

  • Gus

    You definitely do not remember this correctly. It was in July of 2009. No weapons were recovered, and no charges were filed against anyone living in the house. Mrs. Carroll is in her late-80s, and is still living peacefully in her home with her family.

    This family has endured immense tragedy over the last several years. It seems like the classy thing to do would be to refrain from spreading inaccurate hearsay about them.

  • Gus

    You’re confusing Jermaine’s murder with a completely different shooting. Jermaine did not have children, and he was not gambling when he was killed.

  • Gus

    I grew up here, and most Berkeley people that I know would not characterize another human being as a “parasite.” In the future, please refrain from attempting to speak for me and my neighbors. It should be enough that you, alone, feel that way.

  • Gus

    Laura, you can down-vote it a million times if you like, but Just Sayin’s post is still a complete fiction. No truth to it all.

  • bgal4

    actually he was gambling, gambling with his life, being in town and out on the street just after his rivals are sentenced to life in prison was something a wise person bent on leaving gang life would have avoided

  • Truth Sayer

    Judge said that “most people in Berkeley consider gangsters, at best, to be parasites on society.” He did not state or imply anyone else except gangsters to be parasites. Truth be told, calling a gangster a parasite is an extremely polite definition.

    “par·a·site (pr-st)
    1. One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.
    2. a person who habitually lives at the expense of others; sponger.”

  • Truth Sayer

    You understand; because the statement is not strange, nor ambiguous. It is really noticeable how, after a short spiel, you imply Davis is involved with a gang.

  • Just Sayin

    You ARE right about the date – it was July 2009. You are incorrect about everything else:

    “In July 2009, Carroll, older brother Joseph, and Gregg Fite, then 34,
    were arrested as part of a sweep of five Bay Area cities in a
    coordinated crackdown on gang violence in the East Bay. Carrol was shot
    during his arrest at a house in Hercules and had to be treated in the
    hospital for an abdomen wound.”

    From here:
    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2010/11/01/berkeley-police-make-second-arrest-in-murder/

    More here:
    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_16493218

  • Say what now?

    “Just Sayin,” if you say that Gus is incorrect you should provide evidence of some fact that Gus got wrong yet you haven’t done so. You pointed to some facts that do not contradict Gus.

  • guest

    How very egalitarian of you. I wonder how many people with such opinions actually live in West Berkeley in apartments next to the gang member violent felons that “Judge” is talking about rather than in well-heeled neighborhoods to the east where they have little direct contact with these sorts of people.

  • Just Sayin

    Oh, there’s more!

    “Coleon Carroll was arrested and charged with carjacking, robbery, vehicle theft and possession of a firearm. He remains at Santa Rita Jail on $350,000 bail.

    Also arrested that day was his brother Joseph Carroll, 23, at an Oakland
    hills home on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    He later was released from jail but was rearrested Sunday in a Berkeley armed robbery.”

    From here:
    http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_13605130

    and here:
    http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2009-07-09/article/33321?headline=Three-Arrests-in-South-Berkeley-North-Oakland-Gang-War–Bay-City-News-Service-

  • Gus

    I live in West Berkeley. Grew up here. So “these sorts of people” are me and my friends and family and neighbors.

    And thank you. I do consider myself to be very egalitarian. Compassionate toward my fellow human beings, too. It’s a common attitude here in Berkeley. That’s why I feel so comfortable living here.

  • Gus

    Strangely, that still has nothing to do with the original statement that you made. Here, let me help you:

    “Isn’t that the same Carroll family that lives on 7th street between dwight and channing? If so, they had a huge raid by BPD in 2010 that found lots of assault weapons. If I remember correctly, since the grandmother owned the house they pinned the weapons on her, instead of her grandsons.”

    Keep digging.

  • Say what now?

    So “these sorts of people” are me and my friends and family and neighbors.

    So are you saying you’re a gang member and convicted felon who engages in deadly “street justice” using illegally acquired firearms? Because that’s who we’re talking about right now.

  • Gus

    That’s funny. I thought we were talking about Jermaine and the Carroll family of West Berkeley. Whom specifically are you talking about?

  • West Berkeley Neighbor

    Honestly, apologists for gangs, or for people who support and enable gangs – you’re as much a part of the problem as the ones with the guns. Just keeping *that* real.

  • West Berkeley Neighbor

    That’s who we’re talking about, too. You can play games all you want, but when multiple members of a family have long rap sheets for weapons violations and other crimes, they fit the description of “gang members and convicted felons who engage in deadly “street justice” using illegally acquired firearms.”

  • West Berkeley Neighbor

    Kingbaba, good for you for recognizing your motivation to do good; stay strong and support your brother in his journey, too. Unfortunately, when someone is a very bad force in the community, people will notice and they will talk about that. The flip side is that when someone overcomes negative influences and respects himself enough to want to be a positive part of the community, people notice that too. That’s the road to real respect.

  • emraguso

    Update: The case against York has been dismissed, and he will be released from jail. Berkeleyside has the scoop: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/09/17/breaking-case-dismissed-in-jermaine-davis-homicide/