Police: Murder of East Bay high school student linked to notorious street gang

 

CONCORD (KRON) — KRON4 is learning more about the accused killers charged in the death of a Concord high school student earlier in November.

Five people are now charged with his murder and police believe that they are also connected to another shooting in October.

A sixth suspect, a 17 year old male juvenile, has also been charged with the Ellis St. shooting. That suspect does not appear to have been present for the murder of Lawrence Janson.
A sixth suspect, a 17 year old male juvenile, has also been charged with the Ellis St. shooting. That suspect does not appear to have been present for the murder of Lawrence Janson.

Lawrence Janson was shot and killed outside of Olympic High School.

The shooting happened just after school got out on Nov. 6.

Police have arrested five people, including 20-year-old Kristhiam Uceda and 18-year-old Bryan Chachagua.

The other three are all minors and police are not releasing their names.

During the investigation, detectives discovered that the group was also linked to the shooting of a woman back in October.

That woman was shot in the leg but has since recovered.

A sixth suspect in the October shooting, a 17-year-old boy, has now also been charged with the Ellis St. shooting. That suspect does not appear to have been present for the murder of Lawrence Janson.

The investigation now shows that all six suspects are associated with the criminal street gang MS-13 at the time of the crimes.

Police have added on a gang enhancement charge for all six suspects.

Here is a statement from police:

On the night after the homicide of Lawrence Janson, Concord PD made several arrests. The District Attorney’s Office later brought formal charges against one adult, Krisithiam Uceda of Concord, for murder.

Additional charges were brought against one juvenile male for murder and one juvenile male for being an accessory after the fact for helping hide the firearm used in the crime.

Detectives from our Investigations Division continued to investigate the murder for several weeks and were able to find additional evidence of the crime. They also discovered that the same group of individuals was responsible for a shooting that happened near Ellis St. and Clayton Rd. on October 13, 2017. In that crime, a female Concord resident was wounded in the leg. She was later released from the hospital.

Recently, our Investigations Division presented the additional evidence from the murder to the District Attorney’s Office, as well as the new evidence from the Ellis St. / Clayton Rd. shooting investigation. As a result, five people have now been charged and arrested for the murder of Lawrence Janson.

The latest arrests occurred on Friday, November 17, 2017, when Detectives, with assistance from Concord SWAT and Patrol Officers, served several high risk warrants to capture these suspects.
Summary of Charges:

Kristhiam Uceda, 20 years old, has now been charged with the murder of Lawrence Janson and attempted murder for the Ellis St. / Clayton Rd. shooting.

Bryan Chachagua, 18 years old, has now been charged with the murder of Lawrence Janson.

Three 17 year old male juveniles have also been charged with the murder of Lawrence Janson and attempted murder for the Ellis St. / Clayton Rd. shooting.

A sixth suspect, a 17 year old male juvenile, has also been charged with the Ellis St. shooting. That suspect does not appear to have been present for the murder of Lawrence Janson.

All six individuals have also been charged with California Penal Code Section 186.22, which is a street gang enhancement. The investigation has shown that all six were associated with the criminal street gang MS-13 at the time of the crimes.

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