ANTIOCH -- Charges have been filed against the suspected accomplice of an intruder killed this week during an attempted home invasion, and detectives continue to search for a third suspect, police said.

Karea Morris, 21, of Richmond, was charged Wednesday with felony burglary and gun enhancements in connection with a Monday evening break-in at a home on Wexler Peak Way, said Acting Lt. Diane Aguinaga.

According to police, Morris was standing by when 18-year-old Antioch resident Jeremiah Stovall kicked in the front door carrying a handgun. He was immediately confronted by the 34-year-old resident who, during a struggle, wrested away Stovall's gun and shot him multiple times.

Stovall stumbled outside and collapsed on the front lawn, where he died. Morris ran away after hearing the gunfire but was caught and arrested by arriving officers, Aguinaga said.

Police are looking for a third suspect but could not provide a description, in part because Morris was uncooperative during interrogation, Aguinaga said.

The suspected getaway vehicle, parked on a street next to the home, was impounded and awaiting examination.

There is no connection between Stovall and Morris and the resident, who was putting his 7-year-old son to bed when the doorbell rang. Neither he nor his son, who overheard the fight but did not see it, was injured, Aguinaga said.

She added that their home appears to have been targeted randomly.


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Morris was convicted in 2010 of robbery and grand theft and has a 2009 trespassing conviction, both in Contra Costa County.

She is being held in West County Jail in Richmond in lieu of $165,000 bail.

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