The Watchdog: Senseless Killing of a Neighborhood Watch Needs Answers

By Derek Obregon

Posted November 28, 2013 in Web Only
AR-131129666Don’t be afraid to speak up if you are out there and have witnessed a crime. Sometimes, people make the mistake of waiting to report something they witnessed because they think someone else will make the call to law enforcement, or they are afraid. It is alright to be the one to make the call, especially when police need your help.

This week, the San Bernardino police posted a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a man who killed a local neighborhood watchman. The 57-year-old Tyrone Jones would sit in front of his Little Zion Manor apartments in the 1900 block of Little Zion Manor Drive and make sure things were safe. He wanted the children to be able to play without fear.

He would always try and keep his Westside neighbors safe, and now he needs your help to find his killer.

San Bernardino Assistant Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said there are no solid leads that will lead to an arrest at this time. “We are fairly confident that somebody out there does know who’s responsible for this and we think there is value in offering this reward,” Burguan said.

Jones was the president of the Westside Nubians group that formed in 2007 to address the problems he saw in his town after the 2007 shooting of a 22-year-old man, Charles Marshall at the Dorjil Estates. Violence and crime were on the rise in the apartment complexes Little Zion, the Dorjil Estates and Delmann Heights Park, and Jones wanted to try and prevent that.

As he was doing what he normally did, like on any other day, a man approached him from behind. He leaned over to confirm it was Mr. Jones, and then shot him in the back of the head.

JohnGriffin“They are a group that bonded together to bring about a positive change and they achieved that,” said San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson.

The Westside Nubians secretary, Felice McWilliams, said the shooting may be the result of an earlier confrontation that Jones had with some teenage boys just hours before.

The members of Jones’ group are shaken and angry over the seemingly senseless killing of their beloved member. “You took someone out who was righteous and good,” said group founder John Griffin. He urged the shooter to turn himself in.

If you have any information on this case, please call San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson at (909) 841-5361 or Detective Marco Granado at (909) 953-4675.

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