Residents of Discovery Bay, CA were shocked to learn of the tragic stabbing death of 9-year-old Jordan Almgren in his home on April 27. The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office have identified a Discovery Bay man, 18-year-old William Schultz, as a possible suspect in Jordan’s murder.
“This wasn’t a random act,” Ken Westermann of the Contra Costa County sheriff’s office told KCRA Sacramento about Almgren’s death. “This wasn’t some sort of stranger that came into the home and murdered a child.”
Schultz is believed to have stabbed Jordan at 10:03 a.m. Sunday inside the Almgren home on the 1900 block of Frost Way. Schultz was spending the night at the Discovery Bay home with Jordan’s older sibling. Police are still trying to piece together the events that lead up to Almgren’s death.
Jordan had already been transported to the John Muir Health Outpatient Center in Brentwood with a neck wound when Contra Costa County deputies arrived at the Almgren home, reports the SF Gate. Jordan was declared dead at that hospital.
Jordan, known as “Jordy,” was a third grader at Timber Point Elementary School. He loved baseball and played on a community little league baseball team.
“This little guy was the most energetic on the team,” Jordan’s Little League coach, Mike De Lambert, told KCRA Sacramento about Almgren. “Great smile. And he was infectious, in a positive way, to everybody that he came in contact with.”
Deputies put out an alert for Schultz, who reportedly escaped the Almgren’s home in someone’s truck. He was later apprehended at 3 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Antioch after a nurse saw a social media post about the suspect and alerted police. Schultz was being treated at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center emergency room for undisclosed injuries.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Westermann had something to say.
“One of the nurses at Kaiser remembered seeing the boy’s photo on a social media post and contacted us, and he was arrested at Kaiser emergency. Now we’re just trying to piece together this mess, what happened, what went wrong and try to bring some sense to this mess.”
Schultz is a senior at Liberty High School and might have been living with the Almgren family, according to Robbie Jones, a friend of Schultz. “I just saw him at the gym,” Jones said. “It didn’t seem like anything was wrong with him.” Police are investigating Schultz’s mental history background, but will not confirm any information.
Neighbors, friends, and teachers have built memorials to Jordan outside the family home, as the community mourns.