Sheriff’s office: Homicide in Lathrop leads to countywide manhunt for person of interest

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9:18 a.m.

The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect in connection to a homicide and two carjackings.

Stephan Williamson, 35, is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

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LATHROP, Calif. (KTXL) — San Joaquin County deputies have someone in custody in connection to a homicide and two carjackings Monday.  

A shooting at a home on Talc Street in Lathrop sparked a crime spree that spanned two counties. 

“I didn’t hear the gunshot go off. I just heard a whole bunch of cop cars come in around like 10 this morning. That’s what woke me up,” recalled neighbor Deshawnna Jacquet. 

“We found the subject upstairs who’d suffered several gunshot wounds,” explained San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow. “While emergency personnel were tending to the victim and responding to the scene, another call came in that there had just been a carjacking approximately a mile or two away from the location of the shooting that had occurred.” 

Deputies said that about a half-hour later a second carjacking was reported at a Ripon truck stop.  

“It was a very chaotic scene, going from crime scene to crime scene,” Withrow said. 

The suspect was taken into custody following a countywide manhunt, the sheriff’s office said, after the California Highway Patrol spotted a vehicle matching the carjacking on Highway 120 outside Escalon.  

“It was just an amazing job of how law enforcement can work together and quickly resolve this because this could have turned into a long manhunt had we not had all the cooperation of all the other agencies,” Withrow said. 

Investigators said the suspect and the victim were related.  

“Our condolences and hearts go out to the family who have lost a loved one today,” Withrow said. 

According to the sheriff’s office, this is the first homicide in Lathrop since April of 2018. 

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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