RICHMOND (KRON) — Richmond police have arrested a man accused of killing and sexually assaulting an 82-year-old woman in 2012, police said on Friday.
Jonathan Jackson is accused of murdering Sun Kwon on Jan. 28, 2012 at around 9 a.m. On that day, police responded to the parking lot of a Big O Tires, located at 10733 San Pablo Avenue, on a call about a possible assault victim.
When officers arrived, they said they found Kwon, of Richmond, barely conscious. Police said Kwon was bloodied and lying next to a pile of discarded tires.
“What the detectives saw was one of the most horrific scenes, and they learned that Sun Kwon, a grandmother to six grandchildren was sexually assaulted, viciously beaten and suffered major head injuries. Detectives examined the crime scene and collected DNA evidence which was later submitted to the Contra Costa Crime Lab,” police said on Facebook.
Kwon died on Jul. 31, 2012.
“Kwon’s injuries were so severe, she lost her valiant fight and passed away. Even though the leads ran cold, Sergeant Johanson and Sergeant Gard were determined to never give up on this case, as it struck them to their core,” police said.
DNA evidence led police to 34-year-old Jackson in September, police said. Jackson had recently been arrested for auto theft.
Police arrested Jackson on Oct. 11 in Antioch. He was charged with murder, rape, kidnap, kidnap with the intent to rape, and several other sexual assault enhancements.
“As a department, we are relieved that the violent predator who preyed on someone as vulnerable as an 82-year-old grandmother has been taken into custody, so that nobody else will be victimized by him,” police said. “Sergeants Gard, Johanson and Detective Caston left no stones unturned and were relentless in solving this case. We applaud their efforts and are proud of their tenacity for finding justice for Sun Kwon. We hope that Sun Kwon’s family find some relief and closure with this arrest.”
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— Richmond Police, CA (@RPDCAOnline) October 29, 2016