PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
March 17, 2009
San Francisco Police Arrest Three Suspects In February 23 Tenderloin Homicide
San Francisco police have arrested three suspects in the homicide that occurred on February 23, 2009 near the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets at 10:22 P.M. Taken into custody last Saturday afternoon, March 14, in Oakland were Javon Fee, 28, of Oakland; Rorico Reyna, 29, of Hayward; and Barbara Barnes, 24, of San Francisco.
In this incident, witnesses described the suspects arriving at the scene in a late model Mercedes-Benz SUV and getting into a short argument and then firing at a group of people standing on the sidewalk, striking six people. One of the victims, Latesha Hunter, 33, died from her injuries. After the shooting, the suspects in the SUV fled.
An SFPD patrol unit pursued the vehicle onto the Bay Bridge, but did not continue the pursuit because to do so would have exacerbated the speed and reckless driving of the suspect vehicle, further endangering the public. The vehicle was last reported taking an off ramp in a commercial area of Oakland, and was later found abandoned and burned at 34th Street and Telegraph in Oakland.
The San Francisco Police Department dedicated additional Homicide inspectors, Narcotics investigators, plain clothes officers and uniform patrol officers to the investigation of the homicide. The investigation resulted in enough probable cause evidence to obtain Ramey
arrest warrants for the three suspects for the murder of one victim and the shooting injuries of the other five.
The arrests were also due to the great involvement and cooperation of the Tenderloin neighborhood, the officers assigned to Tenderloin Station, as well as significant support and
assistance from the Oakland Police Department, the Hayward Police Department, the Santa
Clara County Fire/Arson Department, Federal Probation, and members of the Homicide Detail, Narcotics, and the Crime Analysis Unit.
The suspects were charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder. They remain in custody with bail set at $2 million for each suspect.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229