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Sacramento man accused of murder in Contra Costa County

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 - 7:53 am

A Sacramento man who spray-painted his face in Raiders black and silver in the back of a Contra Costa County hardware store and allegedly stabbed a store clerk moments later was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges.

Sunday's fatal stabbing in an Ace Hardware Store appears to be a random act of violence, authorities said.

According to detectives from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, the suspect and the victim did not know of each other, and did not have any prior contact.

Daymond Agnew, 34, entered the Contra Costa County hardware store early Sunday, and proceeded to interrupt a conversation that the clerk – Daniel Stone, 51, of Pinole – was already having with a customer about spray paint colors, according to Deputy District Attorney Marty Knox.

After this interaction, Agnew went to the back of the store, and spray-painted his face the black and silver colors of the Oakland Raiders, investigators said.

At about 9 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the El Sobrante hardware store in response to a robbery-in-progress call. Authorities said that upon arrival deputies did not find a robbery, but instead found Stone in the parking lot suffering from trauma to his upper body.

Stone died at 11:12 a.m. after being taken by ambulance to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. An autopsy conducted the next morning lists the cause of death as "two stab wounds in the chest," the Contra County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Authorities said deputies later that day arrested Agnew inside a nearby residence, which belonged to the hardware store's owner.

Agnew had been in the area to visit relatives in Hercules, Knox said. The suspect spent one night with his family in Hercules and another night in Tara Hills prior to the stabbing in the El Sobrante hardware store.

Efforts by The Bee to reach Agnew's relatives were unsuccessful Tuesday. One woman believed to be a relative declined to comment and then hung up on a reporter.

Agnew is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 13.

Court records show Agnew has a criminal history in Sacramento County that includes a concealed knife.

In 2009, a California Highway Patrol officer stopped Agnew while he was on foot near Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard, according to Sacramento Superior Court files. Agnew was carrying marijuana and a concealed dirk and dagger, records show.

Agnew was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and of a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors, according to the court records. He pleaded no contest to the weapons charge; the pot charge was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and three years of informal, searchable probation.

The year before, Agnew was charged with two misdemeanor counts of grand theft involving credit cards, court records show. He pleaded guilty to one of the two charges – the other was dropped – and was sentenced to 30 days on a sheriff's work project and three years of informal, searchable probation, according to the records.

Agnew violated the terms of that probation two months after his sentencing; however, his offense was not known Tuesday.

Call The Bee's Kurt Chirbas, (916) 321-1030.

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