Antioch -- A scheme by two friends to rob a marijuana dealer in Antioch ended with the shooting death of one of the men and the arrest of the other on murder charges, police said. The marijuana dealer who fired the shots, meanwhile, was not arrested and was described by police as a victim.
Police say the incident began Sunday when Jahnathan Cox, 20, and his friend, Curtis Pounds, decided to rob an Antioch resident who sold marijuana.
The plan was for Cox to arrange a meeting with the dealer to buy marijuana on the 800 block of West Eighth Street at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, police said. Pounds was supposed to show up during the deal and rob both Cox and the dealer, according to police. After the robbery, Cox and Pounds were to meet at another location and split the money.
But, police say, unbeknownst to Cox, the dealer was armed. Police say that when the dealer saw Pounds approaching him and Cox with a plastic AK-47 rifle, there was a struggle and the dealer was hit with the rifle. The dealer then shot Pounds and fled the scene, police said.
Cox apparently fled as well.
Police responding to reports of shots fired arrived to find Pounds dead at the scene.
Four hours after the shooting, police found Cox at his home on West Fourth Street in Antioch. He was arrested and booked in Contra Costa County Jail on charges of murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Later Monday morning, the dealer turned himself in to police, but he has not been arrested in the shooting.
In addition to the death of Pounds, police said they are considering charging Cox in the 2007 shooting of 24-year-old Michael Stephens, who was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries. Police said Cox confessed to the shooting while he was being interviewed about Pounds' death.