ANTIOCH — Three young men and a teen boy rushed inside an Antioch home after ringing the doorbell, and pointed guns directly at an infant and a toddler in order to force the family inside to hand over property, according to court records filed by Contra Costa County prosecutors.
The records, detailing the August home invasion robbery, say that after suspects made off with money, jewelry and a diaper bag, they led police on a police chase that reached speeds of 115 miles per hour before they were arrested.
Charged in the crime are Brian Williams, 18; Qwest Hewitt, 19; and Keith Slaughter, 20, as well as Kardale Tanner, 16, whose case is in juvenile court. Williams, Hewitt and Slaughter are charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and enhancements for allegedly using guns in the crime. The list of charges Tanner faces was not immediately available.
According to the criminal complaint, the victims were targeted on back-to-back days. It started Aug. 6 at 9:30 p.m., when an unidentified male wearing a black hoodie rang a doorbell in the 2000 block of Goldpine Way in Antioch. When the homeowner opened the door, two additional males tried to rush inside, but the homeowner was able to close the door in time.
The very next night, at about 9:30 p.m., it happened again. This time, the defendants allegedly showed up again and ran into a resident at the home, who was installing a Ring doorbell security system. They held him at gunpoint and forced their way inside, according to prosecutors.
Once inside, they allegedly pointed guns at the residents, who included a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old baby. The complaint alleges Tanner, Slaughter and Hewitt pointed guns directly at the baby and “demanded money and property or they would kill (the baby).”
They then stole “jewelry, money, cellphones and a diaper bag,” according to the complaint.
After the robbery, they allegedly got into a high-speed chase with Brentwood police, but eventually were caught.
The case is still in its early stages. The adult defendants have pleaded not guilty, and are waiting for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will review evidence and determine whether to order the defendants to stand trial.
The kidnapping count stems from the defendants allegedly forcing one victim inside the house and corralling another victim inside the house. Under state law, kidnapping can be proven if a person forces another individual to move a “substantial” amount of space, during the commission of a crime.