Murder Suspect is Apprehended at the Crime Scene 5 Days Later

Murder Suspect is Apprehended at the Crime Scene 5 Days Later

SAN PABLO — Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man near the scene of a recent murder. He was apprehended after more gunshots were fired at an apartment complex, where he allegedly killed a man five days earlier.

Charles Johnson, 30 of San Francisco, was shot multiple times in broad daylight on January 10. The victim was pronounced dead, outside the Hilltop Commons Apartments, located at 15690 Crestwood Drive.

This fatal shooting occurred in Tara Hills, an unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, outside of San Pablo. Deputies responding to reported gunfire at the apartment complex at 12:39 p.m. discovered the victim inside a car.

Homicide detectives identified Kenneth Lightfoot, 30 of Tara Hills as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. However, Lightfoot was able to elude authorities for five days.

The suspect was found in the vicinity of the crime scene. Deputies responded to another report of gunfire at the same apartment complex January 15 at 2:39 p.m.

Deputies were able to locate and detain Lightfoot then.

Lightfoot was questioned by detectives before being booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. He remains in custody in lieu of $1,050,000 bond.

His charges are murder, and discharge of a weapon in a grossly negligent manner. The investigation of the murder is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office investigation division at 925-313-2600. Tips can be emailed to

Murder Suspect is Apprehended at the Crime Scene 5 Days Later was last modified: January 22nd, 2021 by admin
Categories: Contra Costa
Tags: gun, murder

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