Oakland parolee sought in Richmond homicide case

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

By Karl Fischer
West County Times

Posted: 06/22/2009 05:04:48 PM PDT

Updated: 06/23/2009 06:04:36 AM PDT


A parolee shot a man to death during a street fight Saturday, less than two weeks after his arrest in connection with an unrelated Oakland homicide, Richmond police said.

Warren King, 43, went to jail June 9 after Oakland detectives and Richmond police went to his grandmother’s house in south Richmond and arrested him on suspicion of pulling the trigger in a March 2007 shooting that left a man dead in the 5200 block of San Pablo Avenue in Oakland.

Oakland police had issued an arrest warrant for King, who previously had been paroled from state prison after serving time for a manslaughter conviction, and recently learned that he sometimes stayed at an address in the 2200 block of Potrero Avenue in Richmond.

Oakland detectives, however, apparently did not find enough evidence to persuade Alameda County prosecutors to charge him. Nor did any involved police agency find cause to place a hold on his release while they investigated him, as terms of a parolee’s release from prison typically allow.

Authorities released King from North County Jail in Oakland on June 11, records show.

Nine days later, Richmond police ran across King again.

“He was staying off and on at the relative’s house,” Richmond Detective Sgt. Bisa French said. “The victim was staying with his fiance across the street.”

King knew the woman across the street and walked over to chat with her through her front-door security gate Saturday afternoon. He made a comment within earshot of the fiance that rubbed 41-year-old John Lyles the wrong way, police said.

 Lyles confronted King, French said. They exchanged words, and Lyles ordered King off the property.

A few minutes later, Lyles walked out the front door to smoke a cigarette. King saw him and rushed across the street, French said. The men fought until about 2:10 p.m., several witnesses told police, when King pulled a handgun and shot Lyles in the chest, French said.

Lyles died soon thereafter. King left, and Richmond police now seek him.

Oakland police had sought King in connection with the March 15, 2007, shooting death of Marcus Walker Jr. Walker, 28, crashed his car on San Pablo Avenue not far from the Emeryville border about 4 a.m. Paramedics took him to a regional trauma center, thinking the crash injured him, but doctors there found where a round had penetrated. He died soon after arriving at the emergency room.

King has contacts in Oakland, Richmond and Berkeley and might be hiding anywhere along the Interstate 80 corridor, investigators said.

How to help
Richmond police ask anyone with information about Saturday’s shooting death in the 2200 block of Potrero Avenue to call Detective Eric Haupt at 510-620-6622 or Detective Sgt. Lori Curran at 510-620-6647.

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