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Published on May 17, 2024
Fugitive Extradited and Charged With Murder of Two San Lorenzo WomenSource: Google Street View

A fugitive accused of gunning down two San Lorenzo women has been extradited to Alameda County and charged with their murders. Howard Reed, 31, will face the music for the deaths of Jingwei “Melanie” Zhang, 32, and Dorothy Mak, 38, who were found fatally shot in the home they shared with Reed.

After the women were reported missing by concerned relatives, Alameda County Sheriff's deputies performed a welfare check on May 4, only to discover the grim crime scene. Deputies "conducted a welfare check at the residence in San Lorenzo after receiving calls from concerned family and friends who reported they had not heard from the two victims since late April 2024," according to a statement obtained by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Reed was soon to be tracked down and arrested in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 5, and was later extradited on a fugitive, no-bail warrant.

On the heels of the tragedy, Alameda County DA Pamela Price praised law enforcement for their swift action. "I commend the Alameda County Sheriff's deputies for their swift action in tracking down the alleged shooter and Kansas City law enforcement for assisting them with the arrest of Mr. Reed," she said in a statement featured on the DA's office website. Price also added, "Now that Mr. Reed has been captured and returned to Alameda County to face justice for this tragic crime, my office will hold him accountable on behalf of the two victims and their families."

Reed now finds himself staring down the barrel of a potential prison sentence of 50 years to life if convicted. He has just been arraigned this afternoon at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin. The Sheriff's Office underscored that there is no further danger to the public, stating on Facebook that "there is no ongoing threat to public safety." Nonetheless, with an ongoing active investigation, they are continuing to urge anyone with information to step forward and assist the prosecutors in preparing to rigorously prosecute Reed, as reported by Hoodline.