Parolee wanted in connection with three Bay Area murders now in custody 

A parolee wanted in connection with three high-profile Bay Area murders is now in custody, according to federal and local law enforcement officials.

Johnathan “John-John” Walker was arrested in Coos Bay, Ore. Tuesday evening. He went without much of a fight when Oregon State Police, the U.S. Marshals and Coos Bay Police descended on the home he was staying in, according to Capt. Cal Mitts with the Coos Bay Police Department.

Walker is wanted in connection with the Jan. 25 shooting that killed 19-year-old Robert O’Bryant in the Bayview neighborhood. Keynon Norbert, 19, was injured in the shooting, but lived. O’Bryant was the cousin of slain prep football star David Henderson, who was shot and killed in May.

Walker is also wanted in connection with two murders in Vallejo, one in 2008 and another in June 2011. In all three murders the victims were shot at close range.

Walker was placed on San Francisco’s Most Wanted list in June. He was a parolee for a Solano County robbery.

According to police, Walker was arrested in a low-income neighborhood on the south side of town. Satellite views show the home is located along a heavily wooded street, roughly two miles from the city’s center.

Mitts said the U.S. Marshals alerted the police department that Walker could be in a single family home, located in the 1600 block of Idaho Avenue.

Dept. U.S. Marshal Croy Cunningham said Walker was positively identified on the porch of the home by his department. When law enforcement moved in to arrest him, though, he barricaded himself in the home for roughly 30 minutes.

“He eventually decided he didn’t want to fight any more,” Cunningham said. “He was arrested without incident.”

Police believe Walker was in the home for as long as six days and he knew at least one person who resided in the home before his arrest. Four other people were in the home at the time of his arrest. No others were taken into custody.

Because Walker was wanted for homicides, Mitts said, police used Oregon State Police SWAT teams, outfitted in bullet-proof vests and assault rifles to make the arrest.

Walker is being held in Coos Bay while awaiting extradition to San Francisco, Cunningham said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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