Contra Costa DA charges suspect in two-decade-old Pittsburg cold-case murder

A 45-year-old man is in county jail on $10 million bail after his arrest this week in connection with a 2000 cold-case homicide, authorities said Thursday.

In a statement posted to social media, Pittsburg police said officers, with help from Elk Grove police, arrested Paea Tasini at his home late Wednesday night on suspicion of homicide in connection with the fatal 2000 shooting of 22-year-old Pittsburg man Danny Guyse Jr.

Photo of Danny Guyse, cq, of Pittsburg, who was fatally shot Wednesday, September 27, 2000 as he sat alone in a parked car at a downtown intersection in Pittsburg, Calif. (Special to the Ledger) 

On Sept. 27, 2000, officers responded to the 1600 block of Railroad Avenue for a shooting report. In reporting by this organization at that time, witnesses found Guyse slumped over the wheel of his car on Railroad at East 17th Street at 10:23 p.m.

Guyse was taken by ambulance to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, where he died less than an hour later. A coroner later determined had been shot twice in the head.

At the time, loved ones and advisors remembered him as a Pittsburg High School graduate, a St. Peter Martyr Church attendee, a talented haircutter since junior high school and a former Tosco refinery and city worker who had been in line for a Pittsburg Unified School District custodial job.

Despite a lone initial lead involving a light-colored Ford Mustang seen fleeing the scene, the case eventually went cold for years, cycling through possible suspects until a 2019 break led cold-case unit staff to identify Tasini.

After detectives obtained a search warrant and found key evidence, they took a case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office, which filed a complaint charging Tasini with murder Wednesday.

According to the complaint, Tasini also faces a count of attempted murder in the Jan. 4, 2000 shooting of Kenneth Brown Jr.. In both shootings, Tasini received enhancements of personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, with an added enhancement of great bodily injury in Brown’s shooting.

Former staff writers Celeste Ward and Sarah Rohrs contributed reporting to this story.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Contra Costa DA charges suspect in two-decade-old Pittsburg
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