San Ramon PD still looking for shooter

April 30, 2008 12:02:20 AM PDT
Investigators now believe a San Ramon man, found dead next to his bullet-riddled car, was the victim of a murder for hire plot. On Tuesday his business partner was under arrest.

Less than 24 hours of the murder of Kashmir Billon, officers arrested his business associate 31-year-old Reginald J. Robinson at his El Sobrante home on Orion Court. Police say Robinson didn't pull the trigger, but arranged for someone else to gun Billion down.

"Solicitation of murder is when he sought out another person to actually commit the crime. We're very pleased we were able to identify a suspect, however we still have a lot of the investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened," said Lt. Dan Pratt, from the San Ramon Police Department.

At 11 p.m., Sunday, on the 2600 block of Bishop Drive in San Ramon, police found the 42-year-old father of three lying near his bullet-riddled BMW.

Robinson's neighbor the alleged murderer drove his own fancy cars, a Hummer and a Corvette.

"He was a friendly guy. No conversation or anything, hard working fella, very pleasant," said Drew Gooden, Sr., Robinson's neighbor.

Police will not elaborate on the relationship between Robinson and Billon. We do know that both of them worked in the real estate and mortgage industry. ABC7 found one property found by Billon's company, Billon Enterprises, according to county records traces back to a home in San Pablo.

Reginald Robinson bought his home last July for $825,000. In the San Ramon community, the Billons family is well known.

The Mayor of San Ramon says the Billons have lived here for years.

"They're just a great San Ramon family, just like everyone else thinking about the community, thinking about their family and having their children interact and being very positive," said Mayor H. Abram Wilson, of San Ramon.

Police say they are still working on a motive.

Six members of Billon Family were at Tuesday afternoon's press conference, when police announced an arrest. They remain hopeful that the gunman will be found, but their grief remains raw.

"This case is not closed, until it's closed. We've got a shooter out there and that doesn't bring us to any relief. If there's anyone who's got information out there please come forth," said Harv Billon, Kashmir's brother.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Ramon Police Tipline at: (925) 803-0993


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