Suspect in fatal shooting of Antioch dog arrested by U.S. Marshals

Suspect in fatal shooting of Antioch dog arrested by U.S. Marshals

A man suspected of fatally shooting a family dog after breaking into an occupied Antioch home while trying to elude police has been arrested, authorities said Tuesday night.

A U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Apprehension Team tracked down 29-year-old Jesus Mejia-Izoteco earlier this month in the neighboring city of Pittsburg, according to a police statement from Antioch police Sgt. James Stenger on Tuesday night.

Stenger said the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, and that charges in the case will be announced when they are filed formally.

Mejia-Izoteco is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility for violating his probation, authorities said.

Mejia-Izoteco is suspected of being a passenger in a stolen car that tried to race away from Oakley police officers on March 27 around 6:30 p.m. Police said the driver lost control and crashed near West 2nd and J streets in Antioch.

Authorities said Mejia-Izoteco then ran away on foot, started jumping fences in the neighborhood and eventually entered the backyard of a residence in the 900 block of West 3rd Street, where he shot an 8-year-old German Shepherd.

The dog initially survived and was stabilized but later had to be euthanized because of the severity of its injuries.

Mejia-Izoteco is next suspected of shooting out the rear sliding glass door of the home while the 45-year-old homeowner and his 14-year-old son were in the living room, Stenger said. Mejia-Izoteco is then suspected of running upstairs into the owner’s bedroom, taking some of his clothes and fleeing the residence, Stenger said.

Detectives later identified Mejia-Izoteco as the suspect, and the U.S. Marshal service found him in Pittsburg on April 14.

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