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.

Lisbeth Allen December 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Recently, there was another homeless encampment up the street, underneath the bridge along the creek. There were two guys living there, complete with chairs, and tons of other stuff. They looked pretty cozy, and were busy throwing trash down into the creek. I know these guys have it rough, but it made me mad that they were trashing the creek. That was before the rains, so I imagine they were flooded out. I bet these two guys are the same ones. RIP homeless guy. At least the creek will be clean now.
A Gregory Gardener December 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Yes, RIP to the homeless guy, and yes, there is a problem with "stuff" left behind by some homeless people. Related to this subject: Our creeks are an ignored resource and could use some attention. Anyone interested in helping clean up the dumped junk in the creeks, and removing invasive plants, can contact this small group of dedicated volunteers: Friends of Pleasant Hill Creeks http://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/org/opp/10337008721.html Thank you.
April Stalica December 07, 2012 at 04:42 AM
In reply to Jenna. Not the same guys. I knew Jed. He was always with his girlfriend. I watched him grow up. You don't have a clue how rough they have it! Thanks for your concern for people less fortunate than you. It could happen to you in a blink of an eye. Then maybe while you are living out there , you could pick up all that trash.Think about it!!!
Pacheco Native December 07, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jerald Nagle was in and out of jail his whole life in between his stints of being homeless. In the area he grew up as a teen he broke into the houses around him and stole from good people who later in life when he was released from jail begged for forgiveness and said he was sorry. One of those people were my parents and it took them a long time to forgive him for what he had done. Perhaps the Lord will have mercy on your soul and be forgiving of the deeds you did.In any case Jed is dead.
Pacheco Native December 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
One of the reasons Jed was in and out of jail, was for the beating of his girlfriend during the years. Just for the record
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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