1 Man Arrested, 2 Others on the Run After Hate-Crime Killing of Black California Man

After a brutal attack of a Black Richmond, California, man in early November, one of three men involved in the racially motivated hate crime has been arrested.

In a Nov. 22 press conference, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office officials revealed that one of the suspects, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Porter-Kelly, was detained Nov. 16 while the other two are still at large. Suspects Ray Simons, 32, and Daniel Ortega, 31, are believed to be armed and dangerous, according to authorities.

On the morning of Nov. 12, William Sims, 28, a musician and Best Buy employee, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a roadway in El Sobrante at 2:10 a.m. by a patrol officer.

According to CBS San Francisco, the victim had left the nearby Capri Club when the three men attacked him, stole from him and shot him, leaving him for dead.

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jimmy Lee told the media that authorities believe Sims was targeted because he was Black.

The San Francisco Gate reported that Porter-Kelly is facing several charges, including murder and robbery with a hate-crime enhancement for the deadly shooting.

While Simons and Ortega are still on the run, Ortega’s mother, 54-year-old Novato, California, resident Renee Brown, has been arrested. She is charged with suspicion of interfering with an investigation and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

Porter-Kelly is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Nov. 28.

As of this report, the sheriff’s department has not released anymore details regarding Sims’ death.

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