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Suspects ID’d In El Sobrante Homicide Case; One In Custody

Suspects (from left) Daniel Ortega, Daniel Porter-Kelly (in custody), and Ray Simons. Photos: Contra Costa County Sheriff

Contra Costa County sheriff’s investigators have identified three men believed responsible for a homicide outside an El Sobrante bar and pool room on November 12.

A sheriff’s office sergeant discovered William Sims, 28, of Richmond, lying in the roadway in the area of Appian Way and Garden Lane in El Sobrante at about 2:11 a.m. that Saturday morning. Investigators determined Sims, who worked as a musician and in retail, had been beaten and shot. The victim had no gang ties and no criminal history, according to police.

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 as having involvement in the crime and one has been arrested.

William Sims
William Sims

A sheriff’s spokesman said 31-year-old Daniel Porter-Kelly of Richmond is in custody. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on murder and robbery charges Nov. 16 and has since been formally charged with robbery and murder, with a hate crime enhancement. He is being held without bail.

Detectives are looking for two other suspects: 32-year-old Ray Simons of Hercules and 31-year-old Daniel Ortega of Novato or Richmond. Both have warrants for robbery and murder out for their arrest.

Additionally, detectives 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 and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this incident or the whereabouts of Ortega and Simons is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441. They are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

For tips, call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message or email: tips@so.cccounty.us.


  1. If I was looking for them, I’d check their Mother’s house on Thanksgiving. Just in time to make her proud.

  2. I’ve always found those kissy lips neck tattoos to be a sure sign of problems ahead …. and I have a quarter sleeve myself!

  3. There are some bad dudes out there. Was the victim in this case specifically targeted? Surprised this isn’t getting more attention.

  4. I know Daniel Ortega personally. I’ve worked with him for the last year and a half. The last thing this was was a hate crime. There is no way in hell Daniel is racist. What the world doesn’t know about the Bay Area and Northern California is that if you are in the streets and you white or mexican or asian you gonna have black swag to you. Daniel wasn’t a choir boy but a racists killer no thats not him. His daughter is black every girl hes ever been with is black. Look at his facebook he is always the only white boy in the photo’s among dozens of black men in the club on the street. If you spoke to him over the phone you would be positive you were talking to a black man. Im asian and white at our job we were the only mixed race people everyone else black he got along with everyone and everyone loved him. I been to prison so has he we both ran Other which means we lived showered ate worked out with the blacks we refused to run with the white men why? Because we arent racsict and we relate to black people more than white people. So that means when you saw me or damiel in the showers in prison there would be 50 black men and him in one shower. Look at the other side of the dorm to the whites shower and theres 50 white men staring at Daniel with hate. It takes balls and courage to go against your own race in prison. I look more Caucasian than asian but I was raised with blacks like daniel so theres no way Im gonna live with a bunch of racist in prison I rather die with a black man than a white man so would Daniel.

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