A man charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two boys on Highway 4 in Concord last week was arrested six days earlier in Pleasanton after allegedly threatening employees at Nordstrom in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Lemuel Wilson Jr. faces two murder counts, as well as two charges of DUI causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense and leaving the scene of an accident, stemming from the nighttime crash June 30 that killed 5-year-old and 10-year-old brothers from San Pablo and severely injured their mother and toddler brother.
Wilson, 35, of San Leandro remains in police custody at a local hospital and has not yet appeared in court on the charges for the double-fatal collision.
Meanwhile, he also stands accused of eight misdemeanor charges for an incident at the Pleasanton mall the evening of June 24 -- Wilson's 35th birthday.
Pleasanton police received a call around 6:40 p.m. that day from employees at Nordstrom reporting two men verbally abusing workers there, according to Lt. Larry Cox. One of the men, later identified as Wilson, threatened to go out, get a gun and kill them, Cox said.
Officers arrived at the mall and contacted Wilson and another man in the parking lot, according to Cox. After interviewing them, officers placed both under arrest on suspicion of criminal threats.
Wilson was searched after being detained, during which officers allegedly found a bullet in his pocket. Cox said Wilson was prohibited by law from possessing ammunition because of a previous criminal conviction.
The lieutenant also alleged that officers found evidence of identity theft inside Wilson's car, including a credit card embosser and fake cards. Wilson was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, according to Cox.
Also arrested that evening was Cortez Malik Wilson, 21, of Oakland on suspicion of criminal threats and an outstanding warrant. Cox said he didn't know whether the two men are related.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office later charged Lemuel Wilson with eight misdemeanors stemming from the Pleasanton Nordstrom incident: four counts of criminal threats and single counts of battery, forgery, civil rights violation and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
It is not immediately clear whether Wilson -- who uses the middle names Cerron, Cirvonn or Sirvonn, according to authorities -- has entered a plea to those charges. Alameda County Sheriff's Office has not yet responded to a request asking for details on Wilson's release from Santa Rita Jail.
Six days after his arrest in Pleasanton, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers allege Wilson was behind the wheel of a silver 2004 Infiniti sedan around 10:55 p.m. June 30 that was traveling west on Highway 4 that took the Solano Way off-ramp, which is adjacent to the on-ramp, but drove off the off-ramp and slammed into the left rear side of a gray 2006 Dodge Durango that was on the on-ramp.
The impact caused 5-year-old Vincent Reyes-Rothenberg and 10-year-old Lorenzo Reyes to be thrown out of the Dodge, according to the CHP, who did not indicate whether the young brothers were properly restrained in the SUV. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their 3-month-old brother, who was restrained in a car seat, suffered major injuries and was taken to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland while their 35-year-old mother was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with major injuries and later released, according to the CHP.
Wilson's Infiniti crashed through a fence and stopped just feet from the door of a nearby Kinder's restaurant, according to the CHP.
Witnesses told officers he fled the scene and ran across the highway. After identifying Wilson and notifying Bay Area hospitals about him, officials at Oakland's Highland Hospital later alerted CHP officers that Wilson had come there seeking care.
Officers then arrived and interviewed Wilson, who was officially taken into custody at 12:35 a.m. early Sunday morning, CHP officials said.
The CHP reported Friday morning that Wilson remains in custody at a local hospital and he will be transferred to Contra Costa County jail after being discharged. His bail has been set at $2 million.
Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service about the double-fatal crash was used in this report.