Second suspect in 2022 Pleasant Hill shooting arrested Saturday

Second suspect in 2022 Pleasant Hill shooting arrested Saturday

Second suspect in 2022 Pleasant Hill shooting arrested Saturday
Photo courtesy Pleasant Hill Police

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Jan. 22, 2023) — Back on September 9 at around 10:55 p.m. PHPD investigated a reported shooting in Pleasant Oaks Park. When police arrived, they found several teens at the scene who claimed to have been shot. The teens reported that the two unknown people fled in a black sedan.

Officers recovered multiple shell casings at the scene. They also found several bullets that had struck buildings and vehicles. None of the juvenile victims present received any injuries.

Detectives tracked down leads, helping them identify Saul Jimenez of Antioch as a suspect. They obtain warrants for Jimenez and his home. On September 11, PHPD detectives and the Central County SWAT team served the warrants at Jimenez’s home. They took him into custody without incident. During a search of the residence, police recovered a firearm and the car used in the crime, along with other related evidence.

During the ongoing investigation, PHPD detectives identified a second shooting suspect, Alexander Martinez-Nacurena, and obtained search and arrest warrants for him as well, with Pleasant Hill detectives and the Central County SWAT team serving the warrants at Martinez-Nacurena’s Pittsburg residence. He was taken into custody without incident Saturday, Dec. 21. During a search of that home, a high-capacity handgun magazine, ammunition, and other related evidence was recovered.

Bail set at $680,000

On September 12, 2022, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office filed felony charges against Jimenez, including 4 counts of assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), and enhancements. Jimenez is currently being held at the Martinez Detention Facility. The court has set bail at $680,000. Police booked Martinez-Nacurena into the Martinez Detention Facility on Saturday, pending the filing of formal charges with the District Attorney’s Office.

PHPD gave thanks to the Central County SWAT Team for their help on this case. The Central County SWAT team includes members from the following agencies: San Ramon PD, Walnut Creek PD, Martinez PD, BART PD, as well as Pleasant Hill PD.

Police encourage anyone with additional information regarding this incident to contact the Pleasant Hill PD Investigations Bureau at (925) 288-4630. Be Safe Pleasant Hill.