FAIRFIELD — Police arrested a 32-year-old Fairfield man Friday on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of 13-year-old Genelle Renee Conway-Allen.
Anthony Lamar Jones was arrested just before 7 a.m. Friday on the 1100 block of East Tabor Avenue, said Sgt. Rebecca Belk.
Jones was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of murder, rape, kidnapping with intent to rape and lewd and lascivious acts on a child, according to a press release from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. He was held without bail.
A cause of death was not being released, said Officer Cleo Mayoral of the Fairfield Police Department. He reiterated that stance even after arrest details were released by the Sheriff’s Office.
Jones will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield. That announcement was made by District Attorney Don du Bain during a brief press conference Friday afternoon on the courthouse steps. No other information was released.
Fairfield police Capt. Joe Allio wouldn’t confirm if the East Tabor Avenue location was the suspect’s current residence or any other details about the arrest.
Fairfield police, the FBI and the California Department of Justice had been working the case since Conway-Allen’s body was found naked early Feb. 1 in Allan Witt Park.
Belk said Jones was identified as a suspect early in the investigation and was monitored around the clock until his arrest. She said the public was not in danger as police investigated.
Jones is described in court records as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing in at 250 pounds.
Police said Jones worked alone in the crime and said they have evidence that links him to the slaying. No other information was given at the press conference that drew media from around the region to the council chamber at Fairfield City Hall.
Allio said police are withholding information as they look for potential witnesses or acquaintances of Jones. He said putting out information may cause someone to think they saw something. He also said a defense lawyer could point to police planting the idea in a witness’ head if the case goes to trial.
“We’re going to hold it tight until we talk to more people,” Allio said.
Allio said they have an idea of where Jones and Conway-Allen made contact, but are following leads to confirm how the interaction played out. He said it was still undetermined if the two knew each other prior to the incident.
Allio said they are also working to find out where the homicide occurred.
The area where Jones was arrested is near where the last photo of Conway-Allen was taken near Grande Circle and where she was last seen on Railroad Avenue.
Various law enforcement agencies worked several scenes around the area Friday. One of those included a large gathering on the 2500 block of Clipper Lane in west Fairfield. Those working the case blocked off several areas and dressed in clean suits commonly worn while collecting evidence.
Police also searched Crowns Barber Shop and Hair Salon on Oliver Road throughout the day. Several officers were outside the shop and tape was put up around the business.
A statement was released by the foster family of Conway-Allen, written by Linda August. She thanked Fairfield police for their work on the case, the public for their support and the staff at Alternative Family Services.
“Finally, with tears in our hearts, we can now begin to say goodbye to sweet Genelle,” August wrote. “Genelle, we love you so much. We always will. May you find peace forever. We will always, always love you.”
Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr. Jess Sullivan contributed to this report.