Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff have identified three suspects in a homicide that occurred in El Sobrante on November 12, 2016.
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, at about 2:11 AM, a Sheriff’s Office Sergeant discovered William Sims lying in the roadway in the area of Appian Way and Garden Lane in El Sobrante. Sims had been beaten and shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Sims was 28-years-old and was from Richmond, where he was a musician and worked in retail. He had no gang ties and no criminal history.
Detectives believe Sims was at the Capri Club on the 4100 block of Appian Way, where he was robbed and murdered. Three suspects have been identified and one has been arrested.
31-year-old Daniel Porter-Kelly of Richmond is in custody. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on November 16, 2016 on murder and robbery charges. The D.A.’s Office has since formally charged him with robbery and murder, with a hate crime enhancement. He is being held without bail. Porter-Kelly’s photo is attached.
Detectives are looking for two outstanding suspects: 32-year-old Ray Simons of Hercules and 31-year-old Daniel Ortega of Novato or Richmond. Both have Ramey warrants for robbery and murder for their arrest.
Additionally, detectives have also arrested 54-year-old Renee Brown of Novato, the mother of outstanding suspect Daniel Ortega. She was booked into jail on an accessory charge for interfering in the investigation. She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The investigation is ongoing.