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Update: Homeless Man Was Strangled to Death at Encampment

Another transient has been arrested for the homicide that happened Wednesday evening on the Concord/Pleasant Hill border near the I-680 ramp

Investigators say a transient who was killed Wednesday evening at a homeless encampment was strangled to death.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's investigators said the killing happened a camp along the Interstate 680 overpass on Concord Avenue near the Concord/Pleasant Hill border.

Authorities said they have arrested 38-year-old James Riley for the killing.

The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Jerald Nagle, said Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

Riley and Nagle had reportedly gotten into a fight. Lee said both men are transients.

Riley was booked at County Jail in Martinez on homicide charges. He's being held on $1 million bail.

Patch will update this story as more information is available.

A Gregory Gardener December 07, 2012 at 08:40 AM
p.s. maybe it was the wrong place for me to bring up creek restoration... we're talking about a life here. and a situation most of us don't have to deal with. Sorry if I was out of line.
Lisbeth Allen December 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Hey April, why didn't you open your home to all your homeless friends since you have such concern for them. Your buddy sounds like a lovely guy, by the way, beating his girlfriend during the years, in between jail stints. If he was living at your house he wouldn't throw trash and he might still be alive. Think about it!!! It's all your fault. You knew about his problems and you did nothing.
Chris J Kapsalis December 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
A small percent of the trash in creeks is from homeless. Most of it comes from people with homes.
Lisbeth Allen December 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Hey April, since you want to focus on the subject of trash. I was at Target in Emeryville recently. There was a homeless man furiously going through the trash cans picking stuff out and eating it as he went. Many people were watching him. I had a couple of protein bars in my purse so I handed them to him with some money. I was the only one in the hordes of people shopping on a Saturday that did anything thing for him. Got any more trash comments, April?
Cheryll December 08, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Why is the name James Riley sounding so familiar???

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