SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Arrests have been made in the slaying of a well-known film location scout who was shot on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks last month, authorities announced Monday.
Fantasy Decuir, a 20-year-old San Francisco resident, and Lamonte Mims, a 19-year-old Patterson resident, have been charged with homicide, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime in connection with the July 16 murder, police said.
Decuir and Mims were first arrested on Thursday in connection with another armed robbery, in which a man and woman were robbed of a camera and a wallet at gunpoint on July 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square.
Decuir was initially charged with robbery and conspiracy and Mims with robbery, conspiracy, various weapons charges and committing an offense while out on his own recognizance in connection with that case, before investigators linked them to the Twin Peaks homicide.
Police have said witnesses saw two people, a male and a female, approach 71-year-old Ed French at the popular viewpoint around 7:50 a.m. on July 16.
The witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot before the two suspects ran to a vehicle and drove away from the scene.
French appeared to have been robbed of a camera in the shooting, police said.
He was found unconscious on the ground by a jogger in the area, and then a passing police patrol car came to his aid and called for an ambulance.
However, he was pronounced dead at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body, police said.
The suspects were previously described as a black man believed to be 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds with shoulder-length dreadlocks, and a black female 17 or 18 years old who is 5 feet 3 inches tall and 120 pounds.
They were seen driving a dark gray Honda Accord with rear-end damage.
Decuir and Mims are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Tuesday.
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