The Antioch Police Department announced Wednesday that the suspect in a homicide and robbery that occurred on the evening of July 3 was founded deceased on Tuesday morning.
On July 3 at approximately 8:26 PM, an Antioch Police Department patrol officer observed an armed robbery occurring inside the Valero Gas Station at 1801 Hillcrest Avenue.
The patrol officer intervened and confronted the armed suspect. The patrol officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect striking the suspect in the torso.
The firearm used by the suspect was recovered at the scene. The victim was the gas station clerk and has been identified as 57-year-old Mohammad Ataie.
According to Antioch Police Lieutenant Desmond Bittner, on July 4, the suspect, a 42-year-old black male, was located deceased near his vehicle which was parked in the 100 block of W. 20th Street in Antioch.
“It appears that the suspect fled the scene of the robbery/homicide in his vehicle and stopped at this location for unknown reasons,” said Bittner in a press release.
The Antioch Police Department and the Contra Costa County Office of the District Attorney are currently investigating the incident. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time as investigators are still attempting to locate his family. The investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
This is the sixth homicide in Antioch in 2017.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Detective James Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6922. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.
Update: Antioch Police Identify Suspect
The deceased suspect in this incident has been identified as 42 year old Zepp Crouchet of El Cerrito.