Two suspects from San Pablo, one from Richmond
By San Pablo Police Department
On December 22, 2020, at 10:11 p.m., officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation of reported gunshots in the 1400 block of 23rd Street in San Pablo. Officers arrived and found two adult victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to nearby hospitals for their injuries and are expected to survive. It was reported this was a drive-by shooting and the suspects had fled the scene.
SPPD Detectives responded to assume the investigation. With the assistance of the San Pablo Public Safety Cameras, Detectives were able to quickly identify the suspects as Darius Markel Buie (20-years old) of San Pablo, Thomas Angelo Trevino (20-years old) of San Pablo and Brian Michael Banuelos (18-years old) of Richmond. It is believed the suspects knew the victims as there was an ongoing dispute surrounding a dating relationship with another party.
On Wednesday, December 23, at 2:47 p.m., Buie was arrested in the area of Shasta Avenue at Yuba Avenue in San Pablo. Later at 3:38 p.m., Trevino and Banuelos were arrested in the 1300 block of Esmond Avenue in Richmond. Investigators impounded the vehicle used during the crime; a 1994 Burgundy Buick Park Avenue. The firearm suspected to have been used during the commission of the crime, a fully automatic 9mm handgun with a high-capacity magazine, was also recovered during the operation.
All three suspects were subsequently booked into Martinez Detention Facility on charges of conspiracy, and attempted murder with special circumstances (drive-by shooting). Banuelos had the additional charge of an illegal weapons possession for the automatic firearm. The case will be presented to the Contra Costa Office of the District Attorney for review and formal charging.
The San Pablo Investigations Unit is investigating this incident. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the San Pablo Police Department at 510-215-3150. All callers can remain anonymous.
We want to recognize the men and women of our Investigations Division for yet another example of exceptional police work! #WeAreSanPablo