The suspect in a recent attempted homicide in Orinda has been arrested, according to information released by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Falealea Tytus Maka, 21, was detained last Wednesday by a US Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Warrant Service Unit.
On February 13, 2016, Maka was involved in a fight with a man identified by friends and family members as Michael Jerrido, Jr., also 21, outside a house party on Camino Encinas in Orinda. Investigators said Jerrido was knocked unconscious, with witnesses saying Maka continued to beat him as he lay on the ground.
Jerrido, a football player attending Chabot College in Hayward, remains in serious condition at a hospital in Oakland as family members attempt to arrange for his transport back home to Largo, Fl.
A GoFundMe account started for this purpose currently has more than $30,000 in donations from friends and strangers alike.
Police said that a warrant for attempted homicide was issued for Maka shortly after the attack, with investigators determining he also had an outstanding arrest warrant in Utah for home invasion and armed robbery.
Maka reportedly divided his time between San Leandro and Utah. He was detained in an unincorporated part of San Leandro and was later booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges that include attempted murder. His bail is set at $2 million.
Detectives have filed the case with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s Office has filed formal charges against Maka.
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