A Winters man is one of three people facing criminal charges in connection with the disappearance of two Yolo County teenagers in 2016.
Police announced the arrest of Chandale Shannon, 21, of Winters in a press release on Saturday. Shannon was booked into the Yolo County Jail on charges of murder and conspiracy related to the disappearance of Yolo County teenagers Elijah Moore and Enrique Rios.
Also arrested over the weekend were Jesus Campos, 18, of Woodland and Jonathan Froste, 21, of Knights Landing. Froste was booked on suspicion of murder and kidnapping, while Campos received an additional charge of conspiracy.
At a press conference Monday, authorities in Woodland would not say what led them to arrest the three men in connection with the two-year-old case. But a news report published on Monday suggested the two teenagers were targets of a revenge killing after Moore robbed one of the three suspects.
The report was based on an affidavit obtained earlier this year by the Davis Enterprise, a sister publication of the Winters Express. In the affidavit, a Woodland police detective wrote that the robbery was “a sign of disrespect on the street,” one that was responded to with the murders of both teenagers.
Rios was reported missing on Oct. 17, 2016. He was 16 years old. Three weeks later, Moore, 17, was also reported missing.
The suspects now charged in the case came to the attention of police after investigators reviewed records of the teens’ online conversations and cell phone activity. All three men who now face charges in connection with the deaths of the teens were interviewed by police multiple times and denied knowing anything related to the disappearance of the teenagers, the Enterprise reported on Monday.
In a lengthy jailhouse interview with the Davis Enterprise, Shannon confessed he knew about the murders but said he was not a killer himself — just someone who chose to look the other way.
In the interview, Shannon claimed it was a fourth man, David Froste, who killed Rios and Moore. According to Shannon, Froste sought to enlist Rios to set up Moore after Moore robbed Froste of $300 worth of pot.
When Rios refused to set up his friend, Froste, Campos and Shannon drove the teen to the Sacramento River in Knights Landing. Shannon said he and Campos witnessed Froste shooting Rios at the river, later threatening to harm both men if they went to the police. Shannon said Froste admitted killing Moore several weeks later.
“I’m just a witness that didn’t call the police,” Shannon said. He eventually did come clean to police after Froste was arrested for manufacturing drugs and domestic violence (Froste was also charged on Monday in connection with the case; his younger brother, Jonathan, was the other Froste charged over the weekend).
“I know it was the right thing to do, but I didn’t have the courage,” Shannon told the Enterprise, adding that he wished he had gone to the police sooner.
Alicia Moore, the mother of Elijah Moore, told KCRA-TV she didn’t know any of the four men charged in connection with her son’s murder, but she did once work at a homeless shelter with Shannon’s grandfather.
“I know Chandale comes from wonderful people,” Moore said, adding that she believed Shannon simply got “mixed up with the wrong people.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2ZmZgtd9mI&w=600&h=335]