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Benicia Police Department
Tuesday May 18th, 2010 :: 04:32 p.m. PDT

Advisory

One of Three Wanted Parolees Arrested in Benicia Shooting

State parole agents, acting on information developed by Benicia Police Detectives, arrested wanted parolee Benjamin Taft in an Antioch hotel room about 3:45 pm Monday afternoon. Taft was taken into custody without incident and was in possession of an assault rifle (AK47), an automatic shotgun, and a handgun when arrested.

"We have been working with the state's Parolee Fugitive Apprehension Team since we identified the suspects in this case," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "Our detectives have worked diligently on this case. Early Monday morning they determined that Taft was staying at a Ramada Inn on Summersville Road in Antioch. We notified the Fugitive Team and about 3:45 pm, Parole Agents entered the hotel room and arrest Taft."

Taft was wanted for his participation in a kidnapping, robbery, and shooting case (press release below). Taft was also wanted on other outstanding warrants. He was booked by Benicia Police into the Solano County Jail on a variety of charges listed in the press release. Detectives will also add additional charges related to the weapons found in Taft's hotel room. Those charges will also be filed in Solano County. The photograph of Taft is his booking photo from yesterday's arrest.

"We want the other two suspects in this case, which include the alleged shooter, to turn themselves in peacefully," Daley said. "Ultimately they will be arrested and the sooner they cooperate the better."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benicia Police Department at (707)745-3412 or CRIME STOPPERS at (707)644-STOP (7867). For further information on this press release, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via email.
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Benicia police have obtained three arrests warrants for the Tuesday morning shooting of a Benicia man in his home (see original press release below). All three wanted men are on parole and two are wanted for other crimes.

Benicia detectives have identified Larry Short, 22, as the one who allegedly shot the 34 year old victim. Benjamin Taft, 33, and Marques Agee, 31, are wanted as accomplices who initially confronted the victim at a Vallejo residence that began the ordeal. Their photographs are attached.

"All three suspects should be considered armed and very dangerous," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "All three are wanted parolees who may be very desperate for money, cars, or shelter. We prefer these three surrender peacefully to any law enforcement agency, but we also ask anyone with information as to their whereabouts to call us or their local police department immediately." The Benicia Police Department's dispatch center can be reached 24 hours a day at (707)745-3412.

Short has ties to the Vacaville area while Taft and Agee are from Vallejo. Short is on parole for narcotics violations, Taft for assault weapons violations and Agee, who also goes by the name of Bobby Mark, for weapons offenses.

The incident began about 1 am Tuesday morning when the Benicia victim went to visit a friends home on the 200 block of Woodrow Avenue in Vallejo. Shortly thereafter, Taft and Agee arrived coincidentally to confront the Vallejo man about problems with a car that Agee had bought from him.

The two parolees were told that the Benicia victim had initially sold the car to the Vallejo man, so Agee and Taft confronted the Benicia victim and demanded money from him to compensate for problems with the car (a black, late 90's Cadillac with a missing gas cap. The license plate is not known at this time). The Benicia victim was held at gunpoint by both parolees until Short arrived, who was also armed with a handgun.

Once Short came to the Vallejo home, Short drove the Benicia victim to the victims home, arriving about 2:30 am. The victim was instructed to provide all of his credit cards, cash, and other valuables in the home to the three. While Short drove the victim, Agee and Taft remained at the Vallejo home with the victims vehicle.

Once at the victims home, Short went inside with the victim. A verbal confrontation between Short and the victim occurred in which Short pointed his handgun at the victim. The victim shut a bedroom door and Short immediately shot through the door, hitting the victim in the left shoulder. Short then fled the scene and drove away. The victim was transported to an area hospital and survived the gunshot wound.

Upon police arrival and investigating the incident, it was determined that the victims vehicle has also been stolen from the Vallejo home. Vallejo police later found the truck unoccupied in the McDonald's parking lot near highway 80 and Georgia St.

"Benicia Detectives Kenny Hart and Gregg Rouse have done an outstanding job identifying the three that committed this crime," Daley said. "As a result, our District Attorney's Office has filed charges and a Judge has issued arrest warrants for all three. This was very close to being a homicide investigation."

Short is wanted on a $1.5 million warrant for attempted murder, kidnapping, and robbery. In addition, there is a no bail parole violation for his arrest.

Taft and Agee have been charged with kidnapping and robbery and their bail for the arrest warrant has been set at $750,000. Bail was set at these levels for all three due to the use of a handgun in the commission of the crimes.

In addition to both also having no bail parole violation warrants, Taft is wanted out Solano County for two additional cases - a burglary ($200,000 warrant) and for threats, false imprisonment, and possession of drugs ($150,000 warrant). Agee is also wanted out of Santa Clara County for a counterfeit crime ($200,000 warrant).

"We are working with a number of agencies to capture these three," Daley said. "We believe they know they are wanted. The best solution is a peaceful surrender."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benicia Police Department at (707)745-3412 or CRIME STOPPERS at (707)644-STOP (7867). For further information on this press release, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via email.

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Benicia police detectives are investigating the shooting of a 34 year old Benicia man in his own home early Tuesday morning.

Benicia police received a phone call a little after 2:30 in the morning that a man had been shot in his home on the 100 block of El Bonito Way. Responding officers found the victim alive with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The man was transported to a hospital for treatment.

"This was not a random act or victim," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "It appears this incident started at a residence in Vallejo and the victim and suspect eventually ended up in the victims home where he was shot."

Benicia detectives are investigating the case in an effort to identify and arrest the suspect.


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200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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