CONCORD (KRON) – The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed a murder charge against a homeless man in Concord, the DA announced in a press release. Guadalupe Jose Robles is being held in the Martinez Detention Facility for the murder of Shafi Kevin Qasimi earlier this month.
Qasimi, 25, was found killed by a gunshot wound May 8 by Oakland police. Concord and Oakland detectives teamed up and learned he “had been shot in a homeless camp near the Willow Pass Rd. corridor, in Concord, on May 5,” according to Lt. Sean Donnelly of the Concord Police Department.
According to the DA, Robles had got into an altercation on May 5 with Qasimi, who went by the nickname of “Active.” Robles believed that Qasimi used bear spray on Robles’ friend earlier that day and threatened to do the same to Robles during the argument, the DA said.
Donnelly continued that subsequently, “Concord PD detectives identified and arrested Guadalupe Jose Robles, a 28 year old Concord transient, as the shooter. The investigation is ongoing, but we believe the shooting is a result of an altercation that took place in the homeless camp.”
According to the release, Qasimi walked away from Robles’ campsite and was followed by Robles and two others. Robles was handed a small handgun, which authorities say they have not recovered, and fired one shot that hit Qasimi in the head, killing him.
Robles and the others then used a stolen vehicle to move Qasimi’s body from Concord to Oakland, where it was eventually found by police in the Grizzly Peak area.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Jim Nielsen with CPD’s Major Crime Unit at 925-603-5817.