Antioch murder suspect arrested in Reno

July 25, 2008 5:23:13 PM PDT
A 22-year-old Antioch murder suspect was arrested Thursday evening in Reno, Nev. after a brief standoff with a police SWAT team, Antioch police reported today.

Julian Stringer was wanted for the murder of Ralph Morales III, a 30-year-old Brentwood man who was dropped off at Sutter Delta Medical Center on June 16 with a fatal gunshot wound.

Police believe Morales had been a passenger in a vehicle when he was shot at G Street and West 17th Street in Antioch.

Witnesses allegedly identified Stringer as the shooter and police obtained a $1 million warrant for his arrest, Lt. Leonard Orman said in the days following the shooting.

Stringer, who was on parole at the time for an auto theft conviction, is also a suspect in two home-invasion robberies in Antioch and a bank robbery in Concord, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The California Department of Corrections had also issued a no-bail parole violation warrant for his arrest, Orman said.

The U.S. Marshal Service tracked Stringer to an apartment complex on Gardella Avenue in Reno and a Reno police officer reportedly spotted him entering an apartment Thursday evening.

Reno police obtained a search warrant for the apartment and arrested Stringer at about 7:30 p.m. after a brief standoff, Antioch police reported.

He was booked into Washoe County Jail where he will await extradition to Contra Costa County.


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