Man in Custody Faces Charges for Throwing Bricks, Killing and Injuring Victims
Photo: Highway 242 incident
CONCORD — A man is in custody for a second time for allegedly throwing bricks at moving vehicles traveling through Concord. One victim was killed, and another victim was partially blinded in these highway attacks.
More than three dozen incidences of bricks and rocks being thrown at vehicles occurred between September 2019 and January of this year. The suspect arrested on April 2 faces charges in connection with several incidents.
An extensive investigation was conducted, including hidden surveillance cameras on Highway 242, and DNA analysis of recovered bricks.
Mark L. Navone, 46, was arrested April 2 and this time he is ineligible for release on bond. Navone was previously arrested in January when he was caught carrying a backpack filled with bricks and rocks near Highway 242. But he was later released.
A 63-year-old grandmother was a passenger when she was struck in the chest and killed by a brick on April 10, 2020. The victim died on the side of Highway 24 in front of her grandson who was driving, and two other grandchildren.
A nurse driving on Highway 242 suffered a fractured skull when she was struck by a large rock December 23, 2020. The rock smashed through the windshield hitting the side of her face, which caused blindness in her right eye.
Other vehicles were struck and damaged by bricks and rocks on Highway 242, as they approached an overpass at Olivera Road. However, numerous other bricks and rocks thrown at vehicles failed to hit anything.
Navone remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility. He faces multiple charges, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, and mayhem.