Son held in his mom's boyfriend's Nov. death

Police: E. Palo Alto man fled after fight

By Corey Pride
cpride@losbanosenterprise.com
January 6, 2012 

A Los Banos man found dead in his home on Thanksgiving was killed by his girlfriend's adult son, police said this week.

Timothy James, 52, died Nov. 23 after Washington Richmond allegedly hit him in the head with a glass vase, said Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. on Tuesday.

"It was the evening before Thanksgiving and there was an argument that turned into a physical fight," Reyna said.

Richmond, 26, of East Palo Alto, then fled, said Reyna. Los Banos authorities contacted law enforcement in San Mateo County; Richmond was taken into custody Dec. 17.

"We ran his record and contacted his parole officer, he was already wanted," Reyna said.

Richmond was on parole for a conviction on robbery charges, Reyna said, but was not checking in with his parole officer regularly.

Reyna said police repeatedly spoke with Richmond's mother, who was present the evening of the homicide. He said no one else has been charged.

Richmond is expected to be transferred to Merced County in mid-January.

Last week, police announced that Richmond was in custody.

"This crime was a shock to many residents who knew and lived near the victim. Our detectives did a lot of great work in this case and we are pleased the suspect is in custody," Reyna said in a department-issued news release last week.

The incident was the third homicide in Los Banos in 2011. In August, brothers Ruben Sanchez, 34, and Angel Rodriguez, 30, died after being shot in the 500 block of I Street near Club Azul.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact Detective Jake Bento at (209) 827-7070, ext. 115, or leave an anonymous tip on the city website at www.losbanos.org

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