Home invasion suspects accused of attacking couple in Orinda

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:59AM
Six home invasion suspects are facing new charges after prosecutors formally linked them to a vicious attack on an Orinda couple.


Six home invasion suspects are facing new charges after prosecutors formally linked them to a vicious attack on an Orinda couple.

Prosecutors say last September, the couple was shot, robbed, and pistol whipped by the suspects.
In September robbers shot Orinda School Board member Carol Brown twice. They pistol-whipped her husband Tom Spalding.

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"She's lucky to be alive," said Spalding.

"It's been six months and I feel like I'm just beginning to get my life back together after recovering from the injuries and having surgery," said Brown, who did not want to appear on camera.

The men already in custody had been previously charged in connection with home invasion robberies in Danville, Livermore and Fremont.

"We're glad that we were able to identify evidence that helped us to be able to charge the crime," said Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Satish Jallepalli.

"We want to put it behind us as best we can and these guys need to be brought to justice," said Spalding.

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An August Fremont home invasion was captured on surveillance video. One of the suspects took down his hoodie revealing his face.

Jallepalli says even though all six men were not necessarily present in Orinda, they are all charged with robbery and attempted murder under the theory they were all part of a larger conspiracy to commit those types of crimes.

One of the six men charged, Marrico Williams had been a member of a controversial Richmond Program that mentors young men and pays for meeting certain life map goals.
"I love the concept of the program if it actually diverts some of these young men," said Spalding.

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"I would support that program and I'm sorry it didn't work out for him," said Brown.

"I think it costs a whole lot less to keep somebody productive and out of prison than it does to keep them in prison," Brown continued.

The District Attorney's office would not say what evidence specifically helped link the six men to the Orinda incident but did say investigators have been going through physical, cell phone and other evidence over the last 6 months.
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