Updated: 4 Suspects Arrested in Lafayette Home Invasion Robberies

Press Release

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L to R – Joseph Wells, Adama Diop, Immanuel Wells, Mayaebone Tanyao

The Lafayette Police Department Thursday announced the arrests of suspects in two home invasion robberies that occurred in the city on October 31, 2019 and November 26, 2019.

This morning, the Fairfield Police Department SWAT team and Lafayette Police Department served Ramey arrest warrants and search warrants at a residence on the 500 block of Pacific Avenue in Fairfield in connection with the cases. Multiple people were detained. Two have been arrested at this time:

  • 22 year old Joseph Wells of Fairfield
  • 20 year old Adama Diop of Fairfield

Since the home invasion robbery on October 31, Lafayette Police Investigators, assisted by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division, have worked continuously on this case. Separately, the Oakland Police Department was already investigating a home invasion robbery that happened on October 29. A similar incident happened in Benicia on November 10. A second home invasion robbery occurred in Lafayette on November 26. The agencies began coordinating their efforts once investigative leads were developed and similarities between the four cases were established.

During the serving of the search warrant at the residence today, Lafayette Police Investigators seized guns and numerous items and property believed to be stolen during the home invasion robberies.

“The arrest of these home invasion robbery suspects is the result of good police work,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston. “It was a combination of following up on leads, a critical tip from a citizen who reported something suspicious, and teamwork among the law enforcement agencies involved.”

Interviews with the suspects are currently taking place.

Wells and Diop will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges that include: residential burglary, kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, stolen vehicle and conspiracy.

The Lafayette Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, Oakland Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, and Benicia Police Department.

—UPDATE—

The Lafayette Police Department announces that two additional suspects have been arrested in connection with home invasion robberies that occurred in Lafayette, Oakland and Benicia.

In all, four suspects were booked into the Martinez Detention Facility (MDF):

  • 22-year-old Joseph Wells of Fairfield. He was booked on charges that include burglary, kidnapping, kidnapping for ransom, false imprisonment, robbery, vehicle theft and conspiracy. He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
  • 20-year-old Adama Diop of Fairfield. He was booked on charges that include burglary, kidnapping, kidnapping for ransom, false imprisonment, robbery, vehicle theft and conspiracy. He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
  • 24-year-old Immanuel Wells of Vallejo. He was booked on possessing stolen property and conspiracy charges. He is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
  • 21-year-old Mayaebone Tanyao of Fairfield. She was booked on child endangerment, possession of stolen property and conspiracy charges. She is being held in lieu of $140,000 bail.

The four suspects are currently in custody at MDF. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information on the Lafayette cases is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680 or (925) 299-3234. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

Dec 10 Update: Formal Charges Filed Against Home Invasion Robbery Suspects

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has filed 25 felony counts against home invasion robbery suspects Adama Diop and Joseph C. Wells Jr.

The charges include kidnapping, robbery, burglary, grand theft, carjacking and intimidation.

Diop and Wells remain in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility. They are each being held in lieu of $9,125,000 bail.

28 COMMENTS

    • Obama’s children are in highly distinguished colleges. Soooooo you’re dumb. Just say your racist comment instead of punking out next time.

      • You might not be aware, but the curriculum level at those “distinguished” colleges has been significantly lowered. Even with that, minorities are having a rough time keeping up. Even tutoring doesn’t help.

  1. Coming to a hood near you. Always committing cowardly crimes of course there black. Who would have thunk?

  2. I’m interested on how these home invasions were accomplished? Did the residents open the door? Did the punks break in through a poorly secured back door? What time or day or night did this take place? Apparently, the residents had firearms (which the police found were stolen) and where did they keep those firearms where they couldn’t get to them? If you’re not expecting anyone to come for a visit and someone bangs on your door or rings the bell, you should have your firearm within easy reach. Did one guy ring the bell and, upon opening the door, the rest rushed in? Always be sure to see who’s at your door.

  3. I have to believe the three comments above are actually made by rocks instead of people. What a sad disgrace. I happen to know that two of the cops who arrested them were black. You’re welcome racist creeps.

    • LG – People were referring to the four rotten ghetto sewer rats not the police who arrested them.

    • So? LG — You think black cops should not arrest black criminals? What difference does a cop’s race have anything to do with them performing their duties? It kind of goes with some people’s thinking that having a black defendant and some black jurors will make them go easy on that defendant? The few times I’ve been on jury duty, where the defendant was black, it was the black jurors which insisted he was guilty while the rest of us .. white jurors … thought he was innocent based on evidence … and we were right.

  4. The black officers would echo the sentiment that continues to be voiced here. Everyone is sick and tired of black , ghetto ass hood rats shitting all over the rest of society.

  5. Y’all dumb asses!! All of you! None of you would speak this way face to face to each other. All you scared key board hero’s

    • I speak face-to-face like that and always have! Ahd – the word is “HEROES” not “hero’s” – – just so you know. Learn the correct uses of the apostrophe!

    • Danny R – I tell it like it is. I don’t let idiot ghetto trash intimidate me. When I’m finished with them, they run!

  6. I guess a simple comment is too sophisticated for some of you low renters. I was talking specifically to the gutter racial language, and it was leveled at these crooks, not the police. Rather than speak out against the crimes they did, several of you spoke out against a racial identity. You know, like you’re racists.

    • Hey MAGA —— Although I wear a MAGA hat and a t-shirt autographed by the President, I am very much interested just how those stinky ghetto sewer rat punks got into that house and terrorized the occupants.

      • Count me in! I want to know, in full detail, the whole story how this garbage got entry into that house.

    • I’m definitely with Patrick Reed on this one. We didn’t get enough details about this home invasion.

    • Shut up yourself, MAGA! President Trump would kick you out of his rally if you started with this crap!

  7. Too bad the family members in this home invasion didn’t have their guns ready and blazing! Would have saved a lot of time and money with trials and incarceration.

  8. Always make sure that your doors leading outside are strong and well-secured. Drill in 3″ nails to the door frames and make sure your windows are secured. Keep a stand with a drawer by your front door with a loaded pistol in it and lock it so kids can’t get it or teach your kids about firearms and safety. If you don’t expect anyone coming for a visit and someone knocks or rings your doorbell, check out who it is through a SECURITY door where you can see them but they can’t see you. Unlock that drawer and get ready to defend your house if the perpetrator tries to push in.

    • This is the reason one should lock the door from the garage to the house EVERY TIME if they have to go back inside the house and the garage door is still up. People have to think ahead.

      Same at gas stations. Lock your car doors when you go to prepay for your gas or even get out of your car to pay at the pump.

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