Vacaville Police Department

Vacaville PD on a roll

Police-lightsVACAVILLE, CA – Vacaville police were on a roll last Thursday, arresting seven people on a variety of drug and weapons charges.

According to the Vacaville Police Department, officers with the department’s Narcotics Team served two search warrants in the cities of Dixon and Vallejo. The Narcotics Team was joined by the Vacaville Crime Suppression Team, California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team , and the Solano County Sherriff’s Department.

Investigators seized over $7,000 in cash, firearms and more than 10 ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $10,000. The suspects were arrested and booked into county jail on a variety of charges.

Known gang member, 21-year-old Irish Donohue of Dixon was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance while being armed, and being a violent felon with a firearm. He is known to be associated with the Family Affiliated Irish Mafia (FAIM) gang.

Vallejo resident 20-year-old Dempsey Azich was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, violation of probation, and possession of a controlled substance while being armed.

Pinole resident 23-year-old Mark Rhea was arrested on suspicion of violation of probation.

Dixon Resident 25-year-old Kacey Mertz was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance while being armed.

Antioch resident 18-year-old Carlos Miranda was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Vallejo resident 18-year-old Kalyn Decarlo was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while being armed, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of stolen property.

Vallejo resident 19-year-old Jonathan Blakeley was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana for sale, armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony, and violation of probation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vacaville Police DRUG Tip line at 449-5243.

Man named as suspect in 30 year cold case

De Anna Lynn Johnson

De Anna Lynn Johnson

VACAVILLE, CA – The Vacaville Police Department has fingered a man they believe is responsible for killing a teenage girl over 30 years ago.

31 years ago 14-year-old De Anna Lynn Johnson left her Royal Oaks Drive home in Vacaville at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 to attend a party in her neighborhood. The party was only seven houses from her home and her 17-year-old brother also attended the party. She never returned home.

According to the Vacaville Reporter the Vacaville Police Department has publicly named who they believe is responsible for the death of Johnson 31 years ago.

The suspect is 47-year-old Marvin Ray Markle and has been a person of interest from the outset of the investigation into the brutal murder of 14-year-old Johnson. Markle is currently behind bars facing murder charges in a separate case.

Last month on July 18, Markle was arrested in connection to the murder of Biggs resident Shirley Pratt who was killed in 2001. Many residents of Biggs believed Markle, who was also a resident in Biggs, had a hand in the death of Pratt as well as Johnson. Markle and a group of women who were regularly protesting against Markle had several run ins. The group even had a restraining order against Markle prior to his arrest.

Vacaville investigators had been working closely with Butte County officials in that investigation.

Vacaville police originally had three suspects in the killing of Johnson, but in the past several years, evidence and admissions by Markle to friends has singled him out as the prime suspect.

Now the hunt is on for credible witnesses who Markle may have confided in. Police feel they don’t have enough evidence to go after Markle unless they can locate someone who may have heard him discussing the murder of Johnson.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Johnson. Her friends would just be happy if the person of interest in Johnson’s case could be connected to the Pratt murder.

Lydon is asking anyone with information to call him at 1-707-449-5236.

 

I80 police pursuit ends with man shot and killed

Police-lightsDIXON, CA – Friday eastbound Interstate 80 in Dixon was shutdown after a police pursuit, shooting and crash, which resulted in the death of one of the suspects.

According to the Vacaville Police Department, the crash came after Vacaville police were in a high-speed chase and shootout with the suspects.

The suspects, 21-year-old Lonnie Taylor and 18-year-old Elizabeth Ilar, were driving a Lincoln MK 8 leaving the Vacaville Walmart, where they were reportedly stealing merchandise.

Originally it was reported that officers decided to wait for the vehicle on Interstate 80 before pulling it over, but the Vacaville Police Department is now saying the chase began on city streets leading officers onto Interstate 80, where they pulled over the Lincoln east of Leisure Town Road.

Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects hitting Taylor in the chest and Ilar in the hand. Police say Taylor then drove away and eventually collided with a van and then hit the center divider near Midway Road between Vacaville and Dixon.

Taylor was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. Ilar was taken into custody after receiving treatment.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.

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